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Spine Surgery

​​​​Problems with back pain may be traced to a damaged disk.

Marshfield Clinic spine specialists often correct these problem​​​​​​​​​​​​​​s with spine surgery.

Types of Lumbar Disk Surgery

Standard open diskectomy
Standard open diskectomy


Percutaneous discectomy
Percutaneous diskectomy

You have a problem disk in your lower back. This disk problem may be corrected with a diskectomy. This is the surgical removal of a portion of a disk. There are 3 types of diskectomy. Each has risks and benefits. Your surgeon will recommend the type that is best for your back and your health:

  • Standard Open Diskectomy. An incision is made in the middle of the back. To see and reach the damaged disk, the surgeon then removes some or all of the lamina. Once the disk is exposed, the surgeon removes the part of the disk that is pressing on a nerve.

  • Microdiskectomy. This surgery is much like the “standard” diskectomy. But the surgeon uses an operating microscope or special glasses to magnify, highlight, and view the disk.

  • Percutaneous Diskectomy. This is an outpatient procedure (usually doesn’t require an overnight stay). The surgeon uses X-ray pictures and a video screen to help reach and fix the damaged disk. Bone removal is not needed.

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