Discectomy is a surgical technique that involves removal of the lumbar (lower back), herniated disc that puts pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve. It is a minimally invasive spinal surgery that preserves normal tissue and reduces stress on the spinal cord.
The first account of open discectomy was published in 1971 by Ross and Love. Since then, there have been advancements in procedures including Endoscopic Discectomy, Laser Discectomy and Microdiscectomy.
Microdiscectomy surgery today is minimally invasive with spine surgeons ensuring quicker recovery and shorter duration of hospitalization. However, it is an expensive treatment in countries like the U.S. and patients are looking for high quality, low costs alternatives available in abroad in countries like India.