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Surgical Treatment

When there are signs that pressure is building on the spinal nerve, surgery may be required, sometimes right away. The signs physicians watch for when reaching this decision include weakening in the leg muscles and pain that will not ease.

The main surgical procedure used to treat disk herniation is lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy. Some patients also require fusion surgery immediately after the laminectomy if spinal instability is present.

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