A normal intervertbral disk is compared to a herniated disk.
A small incision is made over the spine.
After identifying and moving the nerve root, the surgeon identifies the injured disk tissue.
The surgeon removes the injured disk tissue and fragments.
The back muscles are moved back into their normal position, and the wound is closed with stitches or staples.
|Review Date: 5/12/2008|
Reviewed By: Thomas N. Joseph, MD, Private Practice specializing in Orthopaedics, subspecialty Foot and Ankle, Camden Bone & Joint, Camden, SC. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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