A normal intervertbral disk is compared to a herniated disk.
A small incision is made over the spine.
After identifying and moving the nerve root, the surgeon identifies the injured disk tissue.
The surgeon removes the injured disk tissue and fragments.
The back muscles are moved back into their normal position, and the wound is closed with stitches or staples.
Review Date: 6/7/2012 Reviewed By: Dennis Ogiela, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.