A 28-year-old male asked:
what is the definition or description of: discectomy?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Paul Gause answered
18 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
See below: A diskectomy means to remove all or a portion of the intervertebral disk. Imagine the analogy of a jelly donut. The disk is comprised of a tough fibrous outer layer (donut) and a gelatinous inner layer. Disk herniations can occur when some of the jelly leaks out of the donut. A diskectomy is most commonly (but not always )when this herniated bit of disk (jelly) is surgically removed.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. John Oro answered
42 years experience Neurosurgery
Partial disc removal: Discectomy is the a surgical procedure in which the ruptured portion of a ruptured spinal disc (the pad between two vertebrae) is removed. Disc tissue near the rupture may also be removed, but usually most of the disc is saved. If a spinal fusion is needed, a more complete discectomy is performed.
Answered on Mar 30, 2016
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