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Does Insurance Usually Cover Open Discectomies?

There are times when a herniated spinal disc, also commonly known as a "slipped disc" or “ruptured disc,” may require treatment with a traditional surgical procedure such as an open discectomy. In comparison to a microdiscectomy, a ...
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What’s the Typical Recovery Period after a Discectomy?

A discectomy is a commonly performed procedure often done to relieve pressure on nerves near the spine by removing the affected disc. It's typically recommended when a herniated or damaged spinal disc (sometimes referred to as a “ruptured” ...
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Spine Surgery Innovations: What You Need to Know About New Technology

Medical technology is forever evolving. Modern innovations and technological advancements are transforming the healthcare industry, introducing new, more effective ways of treating patients and performing procedures—and spine surgery is no ...
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Surgery for Sciatica: Which Procedure Is Right for You?

Each year, approximately 1-2 percent of people1 between the ages of 30-50 experience sciatica, or pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve from the lower back down each leg. While any spinal condition that compresses nerves in the lower ...
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Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatments: Is Surgical or Nonsurgical Right for You?

It is very concerning when you find out you have a lumbar herniated disc and are experiencing sciatica (a shooting pain that radiates down the leg), foot drop, and other painful symptoms. Fortunately, there are several nonsurgical, or ...
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Lower Back Bulging Disc vs. Herniated Disc: What's the Difference?

The terms bulging and herniated disc are often used interchangeably; however, many do not realize there are actually distinct differences between the two. While both impact the lumbar discs in our spine, bulging and herniated discs are not ...
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Preparing for Spine Surgery: What to Expect from General Anesthesia

If you’re preparing for spine surgery, you probably have questions about everything from the procedure and recovery to the general anesthesia that will be used during the operation. While it’s completely normal to be nervous about going ...
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Am I A Candidate for Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery?

If you’re struggling with severe or persistently bothersome leg pain resulting  from a herniated disc, you’re likely searching for the best solution to help you find relief. Pain caused by herniated discs in the lumbar spine can be ...
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Understanding the Types of Discectomy Surgery

For many years, discectomy surgery has remained the surgical gold standard for relieving chronic leg pain resulting from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. In most cases, discectomy does exactly that; research shows that more than 80 ...
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13 Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon Before a Herniated Disc Surgery

Spine surgery can be understandably anxiety-inducing, especially if you aren't sure what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Being fully informed can ease some of that anxiety and better prepare you for what lies ahead.
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