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Also known as percutaneous discectomy, disc decompression is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used by doctors to treat painful discs in the spine. This procedure is performed by interventional pain management physicians or neurosurgeons. What is the benefit of a disc decompression over back surgery? The benefit...

Laminotomy is a surgical procedure where the lamina (portion of the spinal bone) is partially removed. The lamina of the vertebra serves as the roof of the spinal canal. The laminotomy is used to decompress the spinal cord and nerves, which serves as an “unroofing”...

A laminectomy is a surgery used to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves by removing a portion of the vertebra (spine bone). The lamina is the flattened segments located at the back area of the vertebral arch, which is a ring of bone that joints...

The foraminotomy procedure is used to relieve the pain related to a compressed spinal nerve. Back pain and radiculopathy (nerve compression symptoms) are common problems associated with injury and aging. When a patient fails on conservative treatment, a foraminotomy is considered. What causes spinal nerve compression? Nerves...

A disc bulge means that at least 50% or more of the disc has pressure on it beyond the natural boundaries. This pressure is usually related to weakness or an increase in spinal load. The spinal conditions that cause the bulging disc, along with the...

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