Lumbar Discectomy (Neurosurgery)

Body Area: Male Specific
Body Parts: Genitals
Symptoms: Numbness or Tingling
A lumbar discectomy is a surgical procedure to remove part of a problem disc in the lumbar vertebrae. A lumbar discectomy is commonly used when a herniated, or ruptured disc is present in the lumbar part of the spine, and putting pressure on a nerve root. During the procedure, an incision is made down the middle of the lumbar. After separating the tissues to expose the bones along the lumbar, the surgeon takes an x-ray to make sure that the procedure is being performed on the correct disc. A cutting tool is used to remove a small section of the lamina bone, nerves are checked for tension and the wound is sutured.