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Which is better for?A herniated disc --- ?Discectomy or fusion?
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Spine Pain Options
This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.

In brief: Spine Pain Options
This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection.
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Richard Guyer
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Discectomy
If the main problem is leg pain a discectomy is indicated.
If there is abnormal motion which we call instability or if there has been years of chronic back pain, a fusion may be indicated.

In brief: Discectomy
If the main problem is leg pain a discectomy is indicated.
If there is abnormal motion which we call instability or if there has been years of chronic back pain, a fusion may be indicated.
Dr. Richard Guyer
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Dr. Patrick Connolly
Neurosurgery
In brief: 1st choice discectom
For a first herniated disc and anatomically consistent radicular symptoms that have not responded to conservative treatment and time, a discectomy is a good choice.
Fusion for herniated disc is generally reserved for recurrent herniation. I generally will suggest a fusion after a third disc herniation requiring surgery.

In brief: 1st choice discectom
For a first herniated disc and anatomically consistent radicular symptoms that have not responded to conservative treatment and time, a discectomy is a good choice.
Fusion for herniated disc is generally reserved for recurrent herniation. I generally will suggest a fusion after a third disc herniation requiring surgery.
Dr. Patrick Connolly
Dr. Patrick Connolly
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