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Northshore spine surgeon, Dr. Samer Shamieh, compares the discs in the spine to a jelly doughnut. If the disc gets squeezed, it can cause pressure on the nerve roots surrounding it and cause numbness or weakness in the area around it.


A minimally invasive cervical discectomy is the removal of the portion of the disc that has herniated, causing compression on the nerve. The surgery usually only requires an incision less than half an inch long. Several celebrities have gone through this kind of procedure including actress Charlize Theron. Theron fell on the set of the 2005 flick “Aeon Flux” and had a microdiscectomy in 2013. Read more about her experience here.


AVALA Spine offers spinal procedures using minimally invasive techniques. It means smaller incisions, sometimes less than an inch, that is often covered with a band-aid. The minimally invasive spine surgeon inserts special surgical instruments through the tiny incisions to access the damaged disc. Unlike traditional “open” spine surgery, entry and repair to the damaged disc or vertebrae is achieved without harming nearby muscles and tissues. Less muscle and tissue damage results in less pain and a faster recovery. Click here to learn more.

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