disc removal surgery

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Disk removal is one of the most common types of back surgery. Diskectomy is the removal of an intervertebral disk, the flexible plate that connects any two adjacent vertebrae in the spine. Intervertebral disks act as shock absorbers, protecting the brain and spinal cord from the impact produced by the body’s movements.

Purpose of Disc Removal Surgery

Removing the invertebral disk is performed after completion of unsuccessful conservative treatment for back pain that has been present for at least six weeks. Surgery is also performed if there is pressure on the lumbosacral nerve roots that causes weakness, bowel dysfunction, or bladder dysfunction.

Diagnosis

The physician will obtain x rays and neuroimaging studies, including a computed tomography (CT) scan, myelogram, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); and clinical exams to determine the precise location of the affected disk.

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