Discectomy is the removal of all or part of a spinal disc, the soft tissue that acts as a cushion between the bones of the spine.
The orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health Southern California use discectomy to treat back pain and other spine-related conditions. Your care team may include board-certified surgeons as well as other specialized doctors, nurses, and therapists. We provide diagnostic, surgical, and rehabilitation care, including the latest minimally invasive orthopedic surgical procedures.
Find a Dignity Health Doctor who specializes in discectomy in Southern California at one our hospitals to receive personal care from an expert.
Are You a Candidate for Discectomy Surgery?
Your doctor may recommend a discectomy for ruptured, herniated, or degenerated discs that are causing:
- Leg or back numbness, pain, or weakness that does not improve with more conservative treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications or rest
- Problems performing daily tasks, such as with walking
- Bladder or bowel incontinence
What to Expect the Day of Your Discectomy Procedure
Your discectomy will take place in a Dignity Health Southern California hospital. You will have spinal or general anesthesia. If you are a candidate for minimally invasive microdiscectomy, you will have a much smaller incision — usually less than an inch — than a traditional, open discectomy. Minimally invasive back surgery may have less pain, a shorter recovery time, and a lower risk of complications.
Discectomy Recovery at Dignity Health Southern California
After your discectomy, you will need to spend a few days in the hospital before you start physical therapy. Full recovery may take up to eight weeks. You may need even more time to recover if you have a job that requires operating heavy machinery that vibrates or heavy lifting. Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to return to your normal activities.
To help prevent future back problems:
- Practice good posture
- Use proper lifting techniques
- Exercise to strengthen your back muscles
- Maintain a healthy body weight
Talk to your doctor about ways we can support you and keep your back pain-free.
Dignity Health surgeons offer a specialty in performing discectomy in Southern California.