Why may I need a discectomy or microdiscectomy?

Hooman M. Melamed, MD

Surgery should be considered if you have failed all other conservative management treatments.  Typically the most common reason for surgery is pain that hasn't improved despite at least 6 weeks of conservative therapy.

If you have any of the following diagnoses you may be a good candidate for a microdiscectomy: 
- buttock pain that does not improve

- buttock cramping that does not improve

- hip, leg, ankle, and/or foot weakness that does not improve or gets worse

- hip, leg, ankle, and/or foot numbness that does not improve or gets worse

- size of your disc herniation is so big that it has impending danger to cause major permanent nerve damage to legs and/or bowel/bladder function

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