Herniated Disc Surgery or Microdiscectomy

by Dr. David Bomback

A microdiscectomy, or herniated disc surgery, is the most common procedure performed in spinal surgery. A second opinion is helpful in deciding the technique that is best for you.


herniated discHerniated Disc Surgery

Commonly referred to as herniated disc surgery, a microdiscectomy is the most common procedure performed in spinal surgery.

The surgery involves removing a portion of the disc that is pushing on the nerve. It is performed from a posterior approach, either in the cervical spine or lumbar spine and can be done in a mini-open fashion or minimally invasive manner.

To date, both techniques have proven to be equally affective and both are considered the standard of care. The procedure is used to treat nerve symptoms such as arm or leg pain, numbness, and/or weakness.

Success rates usually exceed 90% for this procedure and patients should have a relatively normal return to function after six weeks.

Herniated disc surgery may also be referred to as a microdiscectomy procedure.

Dr. David Bomback

About Dr. David Bomback

Dr. Bomback has excelled throughout his entire academic career. After graduating high school as salutatorian, he then graduated cum laude from Columbia College, Columbia University where he was named one of only five Rabi Scholars (for mathematics and science) in his class. He then earned his medical degree at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons,... Read More »