Lumbar discectomy (Ruptured or Herniated Disc) is a surgical procedure to remove part of a damaged disc in the lower back. The discs are the pads that separate the vertebrae. This procedure is commonly used when a herniated, or ruptured, disc in the low back is putting pressure on a nerve root. There are two main discectomy procedures - laminotomy and discectomy or microdiscectomy. Compare your options below now!