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Do I need surgery for a slipped disc?

If you have a slipped disc and those gel-filled pads between your vertebrae become badly damaged and you have back pain symptoms, such as tingling, pain or numbness in your legs, surgery may be recommended. That's the case for about 10 percent of people who have a slipped disc, but I can tell you that a study from the Spine Outcomes Research Trial shows that for many people with a slipped or herniated disc, surgery has the best outcome.

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