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What are the disadvantages and advantages of decompression surgery(removing a spinal disc)?

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Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Depends: It all depends on the amount of neural compression and whether there are any deficits. Surgical risks include- infection, CSF leak, hematoma, and nerve injury. However in the face of severe pain or weakness, surgery can help.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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