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A 35-year-old female asked:

How advisable slipped disk surgery? especially pinch ed nerve thank you

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Pain Will guide you: If you cannot live with the pain in your current condition or you have weakness, then surgery may be the best option for you. Most microdiskectomies are very successful- but don't go into any surgery without carefully considering it. Many people get over a herniated disk in 3-4 months without surgery. Don't let yourself get too bad before you do something. Talk to your surgeon- he will help you.
Dr. Mark Eisenberg
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
In the right hands a lumbar microdiscectomy is a very successful operation. The results are typically quite good and the risks are quite small but not zero.
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
When conservative care fails, a microdiscectomy is a great treatment option. If the pain and/or weakness becomes progressive, or associated with bowel or bladder dysfunction, the need for surgery may become emergent. Make sure your doctor reads the MRI films, not just the report, to understand the severity of the pathology and guide you appropriately.
Jan 26, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Gross
A Verified Doctoranswered
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Try not to: It all depends on how back the nerve involvement is, and how much you can tolerate pain/other symptoms in terms of quality of life. I recommend you try all non-surgical treatments first unless there is a neurological emergency (full foot drop for example). There are multiple types of surgery, and you are advised to lean to the least invasive one if at all possible. Get two opinions (or more).

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