With any procedure there are risks.  Fortunately, the risks associated with a lumbar discectomy are minimal. Along with the standard risks associated with any surgery, risks for a lumbar discectomy include injury to nerves or blood vessels and re-herniation of disc material.

Despite the potential risks that may occur, a successful disc replacement can provide a patient with either significant or complete pain relief, an enhanced mood and quality of life, and the ability to return to regular physical activity.