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What is the definition or description of: diskectomy?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Disc removal: Surgical removal of a disc.
Dr. David Benglis
Neurosurgery 18 years experience
Disc: Removing a small piece of a disc pressing on the nerve. This can be done through a minimal access approach.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Excision: The term discectomy refers to an excision of all or part of a disc. The disc itself is a cartilage structure that is located between two vertebral bodies. Disectomies are typically performed to improve pain and/or function in a patient that had failed no operative care.

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