Mayo Clinic Health Library

Back surgery

  • Back surgery: When is it a good idea?

    Back pain rarely requires surgery. Research your options before going under the knife.

  • Diskectomy

    This surgical procedure removes the damaged portion of a herniated disk in your spine. It's most effective for pain radiating down your arms or legs.

  • Laminectomy

    The removal of the rear portion of a vertebra (lamina) creates extra space within the spinal canal and can relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves.