NCP Disc Surgery

Laminectomy is the excision of a vertebral posterior arch and is commonly performed for injury to the spinal column or to relieve pressure/pain in the presence of a herniated disc. The procedure may be done with or without fusion of vertebrae. Minimally invasive procedures are taking precedence over laminectomy in many areas of the country. These include endoscopic lumbar and cervical discectomy and intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET) also known as thermal discoplasty. These procedures cause no damage to muscles, no bone is removed, and no large incisions are made, so they can be performed in an outpatient setting.

(Also, in the early stages of testing there is a genetically designed version of a natural body chemical called OP-1. This “gene putty” acts as a bone spackle that fuses diseased vertebrae.)


Inpatient surgical or orthopedic unit.


Psychosocial aspects of care

Surgical intervention

Patient Assessment Database

Refer to CP: Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Ruptured Intervertebral Disc).


Discharge plan DRG projected mean length of inpatient stay: 4.9–6.5 days

considerations: May require assistance with ADLs, transportation, homemaker/maintenance tasks, vocational counseling, possible changes in layout of home

Refer to section at end of plan for postdischarge considerations.


Refer to CP: Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (Ruptured Intervertebral Disc).


1. Maintain tissue perfusion/neurological function.

2. Promote comfort and healing.

3. Prevent/minimize complications.

4. Assist with return to normal mobility.

5. Provide information about condition/prognosis, treatment needs, and limitations.


1. Neurological function maintained/improved.

2. Complications prevented.

3. Limited mobility achieved with potential for increasing mobility.

4. Condition/prognosis, therapeutic regimen, and behavior/lifestyle changes are understood.

5. Plan in place to meet needs after discharge.