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I have a herniated disk. The pain is not bad. Is a laminotomy surgery worth it?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

The reasons to consider surgery for a herniated disc are neurological deficits such as weakness, balance problems, bowel/bladder issues or severe pain that cannot be otherwise controlled.
"not bad" pain by itself rarely requires surgery.

In brief: No

The reasons to consider surgery for a herniated disc are neurological deficits such as weakness, balance problems, bowel/bladder issues or severe pain that cannot be otherwise controlled.
"not bad" pain by itself rarely requires surgery.
Dr. Roger Frankel
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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Sometimes the pain is tolerable and sometimes it gets worse when you try and increase activity.
If you can do everything you need to and the pain is not bad (and your nerves are working normally) then don't do surgery.

In brief: Maybe

Sometimes the pain is tolerable and sometimes it gets worse when you try and increase activity.
If you can do everything you need to and the pain is not bad (and your nerves are working normally) then don't do surgery.
Dr. Paul Slosar
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