A discectomy removes part of a prolapsed disc that is compressing nerves, and usually provides faster pain relief than non-surgical conservative treatment.

What is a Discectomy?

Herniated (or prolapsed) lumbar discs are a common cause of backache and sciatica. The herniation is a result of a protrusion of the cushioning disc (nucleus pulposus) through a tear in the surrounding outer edge of the disc structure.

The outer disc may rupture completely resulting in an extruded disc or may remain intact but stretched resulting in a contained disc prolapse. This may then compress one or more nerve roots, resulting in pain along the sciatic nerve.

A discectomy works by removing part of a prolapsed disc that is compressing nerves.

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What To Expect During Your Doctor’s Visit

Our team is here to help make sure that your visit goes smoothly. Be prepared and expect the following.


You will fill out paperwork for the administration.

Nurse Check-up

Once they call your name, a nurse will do a brief check up.

Meet the Doctor

You’ll have a chance to discuss your condition with Doctor Batlle.

Next Steps

Once the doctor runs the assessment, you’ll receive treatment recommendations.


Frequently asked questions about discectomy.

Am I a Candidate for a Discectomy?

Surgery is considered where there is nerve compression or persistent symptoms that are intractable to conservative treatment. If you have failed at least six months of conservative treatment without adequate results, you may be a candidate for a discectomy. Your doctor can help you determine if you are a candidate.

What have the Results Been for a Discectomy?

Discectomy usually provides faster pain relief than non-surgical conservative treatment, although it is unclear whether surgery makes a difference in what treatment may be needed later on. When comparing open discectomy with a microdiscectomy, people have reported being equally satisfied with both techniques. However, microdiscectomy resulted in a much shorter recovery period. A 2001 study reports that surgery results in the greatest improvement for people with moderate or severe sciatica caused by lower (lumbar) back disc herniation.

What is the Patient Experience with a Discectomy?

People with prolonged symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with normal activities and work and require strong pain medications may gain significant relief from discectomy surgery.

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