Diskectomy is surgery to remove all or part of a cushion that helps protect the spinal column. These cushions, called disks, separate the spinal bones (vertebrae). When a disk in the spine herniates (moves out of place), the soft gel inside pushes through the wall of the disk. The disk may then place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that are coming out of the spinal column.
Types of disk removal (diskectomy) spine surgery:
The surgeon does not need to do much surgery on the bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles of the spine.
Diskectomy in the lower back (lumbar spine):
Removal may be part of a larger surgery that also includes a laminectomy, foraminotomy, or spinal fusion.
Diskectomy in the neck (cervical spine):
Removal is most often done along with laminectomy, foraminotomy, or fusion.
Virtua's Spine Program
Virtua's Spine Program offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for neck and back conditions. This includes everything from minimally invasive surgery to physical rehabilitation.
Virtua's Spine Program was the first program to be accredited in the Northeast, and only the second to achieve this prestigious recognition nationwide. This award-winning Spine Program is is led by a dedicated spine panel comprised of Virtua surgeons who set standards, monitor quality and provide excellent outcomes for patients. Virtua has the only spine program in the region that has earned the prestigious Joint Commission.
Virtua surgeons perform more than 1,000 spine procedures each year. Virtua also emphasizes education for patients and families about rehabilitation and recovery.
Virtua offers advanced care for acute and chronic spine diseases, disorders and injuries, including:
- Conventional and minimally invasive surgery
- Pain management
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Education and prevention
- Early detection
- Non-surgical symptom management
For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).