A discectomy procedure involves the process of removing a vertebra in the back. Of course, a vertebra may be removed anywhere along the spinal column, the cervical, or neck areas, the thoracic or upper back, the lumbar, the lower back and the tailbone area.

These procedures are usually performed because of pain, limited movement, a pinching nerve, or other situation that creates all of the above. Bulging disc, the pads that are located between each spine bone, can become worn due to age, damaged in an injury or become weak with age and crumble.


A discectomy procedure is usually used to alleviate pain or discomfort when other noninvasive measures have failed. Usually candidates for this type procedure have pain with walking, sitting and any other simple movement. Typically, discectomy is used to remove disc located in the neck, chest area or lower back. The discectomy removed part or the entire disc to remove pressure.


For individual’s diagnoses with a slipped or herniated disc, a laminectomy is often the procedureof choice as its main goal is relieving pressure on compressed nerves, tendons or other structures found in and around the center of the vertebra. Lamina of the spine often wears and cause friction on other structures, causing pain.

Which Procedure is best for me?

For both procedures the patient would be asleep for the duration. Depending on the location identified by MRI or CAT scan, the physician would discuss with you the options for both types of surgery. Depending on the physical issue creating pain, limited mobility and comfort, you and your physician should decide which option is best for you. Recovery times may vary depending on location, complications and general health.

For both procedures a physical therapist will usually assist you out of recovery and get you moving safely again. Both surgeries take some time to recover, and quiet rest is usually prescribed.


How Much Does This Cost?

The average cost of a discectomy depends on location and which type of surgery is used. Most countries that participate in other areas may average from $8,000 to $12,000. Laminectomies in the US typically cost an average of $25,000, which does include hospital, anesthesia and surgeon fees. The surgical suite may add an additional $15,000 to this price. This same procedure may cost between $4,500 and $8,000 elsewhere, again depending on what country you decide on.

Who Performs this Procedure?

Always ensure that the surgical facility is Joint Commissioned International and all surgeons hold a current, board certified license to practice, in addition to any sub specialties he is preforming.