Lumbar Discectomy Surgery

Lumbar discectomy surgery is a procedure that is typically used to alleviate pain from a ruptured or herniated disc. When a disc herniates or ruptures, the disc can place pressure on a spinal nerve causing pain or even weakness and numbness.

A small incision (usually no more than an inch) is made in the midline of the lower back. After retracting a small portion of the erector spinae muscles off the spine, a small opening is made into the spinal canal to see the compressed nerve and remove the herniated disc pressing on that nerve.

Lumbar discectomy surgeries have a high level of success in alleviating radiating leg pain. Patients begin walking the day of surgery and often can go home the day of surgery or the morning after surgery. Patients typically can resume normal activity after a few weeks.

Patient Information about Lumbar Discectomy

To find out more information about our spinal procedures, contact Triangle Orthopaedics. Our Carolina practices are here to provide patients with the best care and treatment options to help individuals return to the activities they enjoy the most.

Below are the most common surgeries performed by our spine center specialists:

Lumbar Spine (Lower Back)

Neck (Cervical Spine)

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