Microcompression Spine Surgery

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What is Microcompression Spine Surgery?

Alternate Names for Microcompression Spine Surgery:
Discectomy, intervertebral
Intervertebral discectomy
Intervertebral diskectomy

Intervertebral discs are located between each backbone (vertebra). When damaged, these discs can put pressure on nerves as they leave the spinal cord. An intervertebral diskectomy is a back surgery that removes all or part of these discs. The procedure is most often done on lumbar discs (located in the lower back). It may also be done on cervical discs in the neck. There are two methods for this surgery:

  • Open procedure-A large incision is made.
  • Microdiskectomy-Small incisions are made, and the doctor inserts tiny instruments through these incisions.


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What Is
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Reasons For Microcompression Spine Surgery
Reasons For
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Microcompression Spine Surgery Complications
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Microcompression Spine Surgery Details
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Microcompression Spine Surgery Results
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When to Contact Doctor about Microcompression Spine Surgery
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