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A diskectomy is performed to relieve the pressure a herniated disk (also called slipped, ruptured or bulging disk or disk prolapse) places on a spinal nerve. A herniated disk occurs when some of the softer material inside the disk pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.

Your doctor may recommend diskectomy if:

  • You have trouble standing or walking because of nerve weakness
  • Conservative treatment, such as medication or physical therapy, fails to improve your symptoms after six weeks
  • A disk fragment lodges in your spinal canal, pressing on a nerve
  • Pain radiating into your buttocks, legs, arms or chest becomes too much to manage
Jul. 07, 2011