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What if I need surgery for a Herniated Disc?

Shah Scrubs SmallWith Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS

Surgery is a major event and we do not minimize the importance. Nevertheless, surgery is nothing to be feared if you understand what will happen. In this video, Dr. Shah explains what to expect from spinal surgery.


Microdiscectomy and minimally invasive techniques often result in quicker patient recovery time compared to traditional techniques. They reduce trauma to the muscle, and minimize blood loss from the surgery. Spine fusion is rarely necessary when a disc is herniated for the first time. If necessary, the space left by the removed disc may be filled by a bone graft (a small piece of bone usually taken from the patient's hip). The bone graft or a bone substitute is used to join or "fuse" the vertebrae together.

In some cases, specially designed instrumentation such as rods or screws may be used to help promote fusion and to add stability to the spine. In addition to the discectomy, a portion of the bone covering the nerve may also need to be removed. This procedure is called a laminectomy.

At Princeton Brain & Spine , we have incorporated newer technologies such as intraspinous decompression which adds another minimally invasive option in the treatment of herniated discs.

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