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Discectomy refers to the surgical removal of abnormal disc material pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. In this procedure, a portion of an intervertebral disc (which causes pain, weakness, or numbness by stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves) is removed. Under general anesthesia, small amounts of spinal bone and ligament may be removed to get access to the herniated disk. The fragment of the disc that is causing the problem or the entire disc is removed. Minimally invasive surgery is preferred.