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Microdiskectomy - series

Normal anatomy:
Normal anatomy

A normal intervertbral disk is compared to a herniated disk.



Incision:
Incision

A small incision is made over the spine.



Indications:
Indications

After identifying and moving the nerve root, the surgeon identifies the injured disk tissue.



Procedure:
Procedure

The surgeon removes the injured disk tissue and fragments.



Aftercare:
Aftercare

The back muscles are moved back into their normal position, and the wound is closed with stitches or staples.




Review Date: 5/25/2010
Reviewed By: A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery (3/4/2009).

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