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How successful is a discectomy for a herniated disk?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 90-95%

As long as leg pain is predominant or only pain and imaging studies reveal a disc herniation compressing the nerve consistent with your symptoms and exam findings are positive and surgery done after nonop care fails but not waiting too long allowing secondary changes to affect compressed nerve, successful outcome 90-95%.

In brief: 90-95%

As long as leg pain is predominant or only pain and imaging studies reveal a disc herniation compressing the nerve consistent with your symptoms and exam findings are positive and surgery done after nonop care fails but not waiting too long allowing secondary changes to affect compressed nerve, successful outcome 90-95%.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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