Spine & Orthopedic Pain Centers

Diskectomy

Diskectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the damaged portion of a herniated disk in your spine. A herniated disk can irritate or compress nearby nerves. Diskectomy is effective for treating pain that radiates down your arms or legs.

The procedure is less helpful for treating actual back pain or neck pain. Most people who have back pain or neck pain try more-conservative treatments, such as physical therapy.

Consult with a pain management specialist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms because your doctor may suggest diskectomy if conservative, nonsurgical treatments haven’t worked or if your symptoms worsen. There are several ways to perform a diskectomy.

 


 

Why it’s done

Herniated spinal disk

 


 

Herniated disk

A diskectomy is performed to relieve the pressure that a herniated disk (also called a slipped, ruptured or bulging disk or disk prolapse) places on a spinal nerve. A herniated disk occurs when some of the softer material inside the disk pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.

What Conditions Does Endoscopic Discectomy Treat?

  • Spinal and foraminal stenosis
  • Bulging disc
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radicular Pain
  • Bones spurs
  • Arthritis of the vertebrae

Your doctor may recommend diskectomy if:

  • You have trouble standing or walking because of nerve weakness
  • Conservative treatment, such as physical therapy or steroid injections, fails to improve your symptoms after six to twelve weeks
  • Pain radiating into your buttocks, legs, arms or chest becomes too much to manage
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Inderbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Inderbir Johal, M.D. is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.

Gurbir Johal, M.D.

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist
Anesthesiologist

Dr. Gurbir Johal is a highly-skilled interventional pain management physician. Following a rigorous residency program in anesthesiology at the prestigious University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Johal completed an intensive fellowship in pain medicine at the University of Chicago Pain Medicine Center.

Dr. Johal is passionate about his patients and their experience at Prestige Pain. Compassionate in his clinical approach, Dr. Johal uses leading-edge, minimally-invasive approaches to address acute and chronic pain effectively.

Dr. Johal welcomes your correspondence.