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Partial Discectomy Surgery - Schaumburg, IL

A herniated disc may be the result of a single injury or general wear and tear that causes the ligaments that hold it in place to degenerate. If the herniated disc begins to press on a nerve, it can result in pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area.

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, our experienced, certified specialists can perform Partial Discectomy surgery, intended to relieve pressure on nerve roots that is caused by a herniated disc. Our team will work alongside you at every step of your surgery and help you to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan that will ensure a quick and healthy recovery process.

If you’re suffering from back pain that is the result of a herniated disc, do not allow your condition to worsen. Schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.

What Is A Discectomy?

The goal of Discectomy or Partial Discectomy surgery is to make the herniated disc stop pressing on and irritating the nerves, causing symptoms of pain and weakness. The most common procedure is called a “discectomy” or “partial discectomy,” in which part of the herniated disc is removed. In order to see the disc clearly, sometimes it is necessary to remove a small portion of the lamina, the bone behind the disc. Bone removal may be minimal (hemi-laminotomy) or more extensive (hemi-laminectomy). Some surgeons use an endoscope or microscope in some cases.

Discectomy can be done under either local, spinal or general anesthesia. The patient lays face down on the operating table, generally in a kneeling position. A small incision is made in the skin over the herniated disc and the muscles over the spine are pulled back from the bone. A small amount of bone may be removed so the surgeon can see the compressed nerve. The herniated disc and any loose pieces are removed until they are no longer pressing on the nerve. Any bone spurs (osteophytes) are also taken out to make sure that the nerve is free of pressure.

In order to see the disc clearly, sometimes it is necessary to remove a small portion of the lamina, the bone behind the disc. Bone removal may be minimal (hemi-laminotomy) or more extensive (hemi-laminectomy). Some surgeons use an endoscope or microscope in some cases.

Any bone spurs (osteophytes) are also taken out to make sure that the nerve is free of pressure.