Spinal disc decompression involves surgery to treat chronic pain. The intent of the intervention is to relieve pressure around the nerve that is causing the pain. There are two types of disc decompression treatments. These include two different approaches called laminectomy and discectomy. Laminectomy involves removing bone(s) from your spine to allow more room for the nerve. Discectomy is used to treat herniated discs that are either contained or ruptured that contribute to nerve impingement. Discectomy involves removing the damaged disc material to relieve pain. The decision to utilize decompression as a treatment option is usually either an emergency due to severe neurological symptoms or an option of last resort once all other therapies have been tried and failed.