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What is the disk prolapse operation?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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The purpose of this operation called a discectomy is to remove the fragment of disc that is pressing on the nerve.
Often it can be a minimally invasive surgery but sometimes, the entire disc is removed, a disc spacer is then placed between the vertebral bones and a fusion is performed with bone graft and often with metal hardware to hold things in place until the bone fuses.

In brief: See below

The purpose of this operation called a discectomy is to remove the fragment of disc that is pressing on the nerve.
Often it can be a minimally invasive surgery but sometimes, the entire disc is removed, a disc spacer is then placed between the vertebral bones and a fusion is performed with bone graft and often with metal hardware to hold things in place until the bone fuses.
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