Video: Surgery for Degenerative Disc Disease
A Neurosurgeon Explains Surgical Options for DDD
As a top neurosurgeon, Dr. Richard Fessler is a trustworthy source when it comes to reviewing your surgical options for degenerative disc disease. He’s a proponent of minimally invasive surgery. That’s a type of surgery that uses a smaller incision. The surgeon then works with very small instruments and with the aid of a microscope.
For degenerative disc disease, one of the most common surgeries is a discectomy, when part of your disc is taken out. If the surgeon does it with a minimally invasive technique, it’s called a microdiscectomy.
You can also read our detailed article about degenerative disc disease surgery options.