Discectomy Specialist

NeuroCare Partners

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in The Woodlands, TX

Sometimes the best way to treat spinal disc problems that aren't responding to conservative therapies is to remove the diseased disc. If you need to undergo a discectomy, board-certified neurosurgeon Mirza Baig, MD, of NeuroCare Partners in The Woodlands, Texas, can help. Dr. Baig and his team have exceptional skills in performing discectomy followed by fusion or artificial disc replacement. Find out how you could benefit from their expertise by calling NeuroCare Partners or using the online booking tool today.

Discectomy Q&A

What is discectomy?

Discectomy is a surgical technique that involves removing a damaged disc or portion of a disc from your spine. It may require open surgery in some cases, but where appropriate, the NeuroCare Partners surgeons use minimally invasive methods that minimize tissue damage.

Discs are circular pads that sit between each set of vertebrae in your spine. They absorb shock waves traveling up your back with their jelly-like center, protecting your spine and helping to stabilize the spinal column.

Problems with the discs can lead to radiculopathy (nerve pain) that results from irritation or compression of the nerves in your spinal canal. Radiculopathy typically causes pain that radiates down your arms (cervical radiculopathy) or legs (lumbar radiculopathy).

Discectomy is an effective method of treating radiculopathy.

When would I need a discectomy?

You might need a discectomy if pain and loss of function due to disc problems are significantly impacting your well-being.

Most people who have back or neck pain benefit from nonsurgical treatments, such as medication, activity modification, and physical therapy. For more persistent problems where noninvasive methods aren't working, NeuroCare Partners offers advanced therapies, such as:

  • Spinal injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Neuromodulation

Your provider might suggest a discectomy if none of these nonsurgical approaches are working or your condition worsens.

What happens when I undergo discectomy?

Discectomy surgery usually requires a general anesthetic, so you won't be aware of what's happening. Your surgeon at NeuroCare Partners can use several approaches to access your spine, including:

  • Anterior (through the front of your body)
  • Posterior (through your back or neck)
  • Lateral (through your side)

Each method has advantages and disadvantages, so the surgical team assesses your individual needs to determine which approach is best in your case.

When your surgeon reaches your spine, they may need to remove some of the bone and ligament surrounding the disc. In some cases, it's possible to perform microdiscectomy, removing only a small section of the disc, or you might need to have the whole disc taken out.

If they remove the whole disc, they might fill the space with a bone graft that fuses the vertebrae on either side. Alternatively, some patients are suitable for artificial disc replacement surgery, where a prosthesis takes over the role of the natural disc.

To find out whether a discectomy is the right choice for your spine surgery, call NeuroCare Partners to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.