Diskectomy reduces herniated disk symptoms in most people who have clear signs of nerve compression, which is the main indication for the surgery. Diskectomy isn't a cure, though, because it doesn't reverse the process that allowed the disk to become herniated in the first place. To avoid re-injuring your spine, your doctor may recommend you limit some activities that involve extensive or repetitive bending, twisting or lifting.

Jul. 07, 2011