A discectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part or all of a damaged spinal disc. Spinal discs are the soft tissue, or padding, in between the vertebrae that permit the spine to bend. If you’ve been diagnosed with herniated or ruptured discs, your doctor may recommend a discectomy if the pain doesn’t respond to nonsurgical treatments after six weeks.
Compassionate, skilled orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health North State are trained in surgery of the spine, including a discectomy. To finally end chronic back pain, Find a Doctor online who specializes in herniated disc treatment in Northern California.
Benefits of a Discectomy at Dignity Health North State
A discectomy is often a reliable cure for chronic lower back pain.
Surgical disc removal also treats problems brought on by slipped, ruptured, or worn down discs, including:
- Numbness, weakness, and pain of your leg and lower back
- Interference with walking brought on by damaged discs
- Inability to control your bowels or bladder due to nerve compression in the spine
Fortunately, the symptoms of a damaged disc usually resolve without surgical intervention. But when back pain and other disabling symptoms do not subside with nonsurgical treatment, our dedicated orthopedic surgeons can help.
What to Expect with Surgery
Our surgical centers are equipped to offer both a traditional open surgery or minimally invasive procedure. Not everyone is a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery, so talk to your doctor about the option that best for your health and well-being. With both types of operations, it’s normal to spend a couple of days in our hospital where a dedicated team can monitor you.
After a discectomy, it can take up to eight weeks to fully recover. During your recovery, your orthopedic doctor will oversee a post-surgery recovery program that includes physical therapy that aims to strengthen and protect your back. As with all surgeries, there are potential risks and complications. You can trust your doctor at Dignity Health North State to fully prepare you for your discectomy, including discussing risks, benefits, and postoperative care.
Expert orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health North State are experienced in surgical herniated disc treatment in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.