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Discectomy is a neurosurgical procedure that removes a damaged portion of a spinal disc. A herniated disc can press on nearby nerve branches or the spinal cord, causing pain, inflammation and other complications. This procedure is also performed to repair slipped, ruptured or bulging discs. Dr. Sina Rajamand at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno can perform this neurosurgical repair.

Your spine contains 33 vertebrae with cushioning discs in between each. These discs are made from a tough fibrous material on the outside with a softer, gel-like material inside. Spinal discs give your bony spine the ability to twist, bend, flex and absorb shock, allowing for a wide range of bodily movement. Numerous things can affect these discs, causing damage, wear and tear and complete failure.

Osteoarthritis can wear away at these discs, causing the vertebrae to rub together and cause pain. Pressure can cause the soft inner material to bulge out from inside the disc, putting pressure on the spinal cord. This material may also separate and become lodged elsewhere in the spinal canal. Discs may also move out of place and press on the spine, also allowing the vertebrae to move out of place or rub together.

Lumbar/Cervical Spine Surgery Near Carson City

Dr. Sina Rajamand and his team at Battle Born Brain and Spine near Carson City can diagnose the exact cause of your back or neck pain. Often, one of the above conditions is the source of your pain and limited mobility. When conservative treatments like massage, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy, acupuncture, NSAIDs and spinal injections do not bring relief, Dr. Rajamand may recommend lumbar or cervical spine surgery.

A discectomy can remove the offending part of a spinal disc that is pressing on your spine or nerve branches, causing pain. Very often, Dr. Rajamand will have to combine this surgery with other procedures, such as a spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement. Fusion joins adjacent vertebrae together into a single bony structure to add stability to the spine. Artificial disc replacement completely removes a damaged disc and replaces it with an advanced replica that functions exactly like your natural disc.

Dr. Rajamand can explain more about any neurosurgical treatments he recommends for your particular condition when you schedule an exam and consultation at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno. He will give you all the information necessary to answer your questions about any recommended neurosurgery and your projected recovery. Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation and exam at our offices near Carson City, NV.