When conservative treatments do not provide long-lasting relief of arm or leg pain, surgical intervention may be considered. A discectomy is a surgical treatment for disc herniation in either the neck or back. It relieves compression of the spinal cord or spinal nerve by removing the portion of the disc that is herniated or bulging beyond its usual boundaries.
The most common condition where discectomy surgery is considered are to relieve pain stemming from herniated, or bulging, discs in the spine when other, less invasive options have not worked.
Once you have decided to have a discectomy, below is what you should expect before the surgery:
Recovery from discectomy is usually relatively brief, but it varies greatly among patients and is dependent on the age and health of the individual. Return to work also varies greatly among patients and is related to overall health and the type of work you do.