Hemilaminectomy (Back Surgery)
A hemilaminectomy is a surgical procedure used in dogs to correct slipped or herniated discs. Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a common ailment affecting dogs, especially breeds that have long backs, like dachshunds. Surgery is recommended for severe or recurrent cases of IVDD. The goal of the procedure is to remove the ruptured disc material to alleviate compression on the spine. Prior to the procedure, your pet will undergo a CT scan with contrast to appropriately visualize the affected disc. Because this operation deals with the area surrounding the spinal cord, only a surgeon specially trained in neurosurgery should perform this procedure.