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A discectomy is a surgery to remove the damaged portion of a herniated disc in the spine. A herniated disc can irritate or compress nearby nerves. For patients that do not respond to conservative treatment, a discectomy may be recommended. Types include open discectomy, which involves a cut in the back or neck, and a microdiscectomy, which involves a much smaller cut when a surgeon inserts a thin tube to see and remove the damaged disc.
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