Diskectomy reduces herniated disk symptoms in most people who have clear signs of nerve compression, such as radiating pain. However, diskectomy may not be a permanent cure, because it doesn't do anything to reverse the process that allowed the disk to become herniated in the first place. To avoid re-injuring your spine, your doctor may recommend weight loss, a low-impact exercise program, and ask that you limit some activities that involve extensive or repetitive bending, twisting or lifting.
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