Microdiscectomy Definition

In a microdiscectomy or a microdecompression, a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and some of the disc material from under the nerve root is removed to relieve pressure on the nerve and provide room for the nerve to heal.

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A microdiscectomy is typically performed for lumbar herniated disc and is more effective in relieving symptoms of leg pain than for low back pain.