Bulging disc surgery is typically reserved as a last resort for patients who have found little to no relief from non-invasive treatments. Those whose physicians or spine specialists have recommended surgical treatment, however, don’t necessarily have to endure an arduous rehabilitation and lengthy hospital stay. State-of-the-art technology now allows bulging discs and other spinal conditions to be treated on an outpatient basis.
Open spine surgery
Traditional open spine bulging disc surgery is what many individuals think of when a physician mentions surgical treatment for a spinal condition. This type of operation typically entails the complete removal of the affected intervertebral disc and the installation of stabilizing implants. Patients who undergo traditional open spine surgery face the risk of developing failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), or the worsening or continuation of symptoms following the operation, as well as infection. Traditional open spine surgeries also require a hospital stay and lengthy recovery periods.
Laser Spine Institute
Some patients may want to consider undergoing a minimally invasive procedure at Laser Spine Institute in lieu of traditional open spine bulging disc surgery. These outpatient procedures are performed through a small incision and only entail the removal of the portion of the intervertebral disc that is compressing the spinal nerve. As a result, these procedures do not require the use of a bone graft or stabilizing implants and feature a reduced risk for developing FBSS and other complications. Those who are interested in learning more about the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute should contact us to schedule your initial consultation.