A herniated (also called ruptured or slipped) disc results from a tear, leak, or weakness in the outside covering of a disc. This minimally invasive surgery removes extruded disc material, but leaves the disc itself intact. A slipped disc may also be treated with laminectomy or spinal fusion. Corpectomy removes the body of a vertebra, as well as a disc.

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Last updated on 31 May 2011