Bulging disc surgery is typically reserved as a last resort for patients who have found little to no relief from noninvasive treatments. Those whose doctors or spine specialists have recommend 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, using an endoscope and a very small incision to gain access to the affected disc.
Open Spine Surgery
Open spine bulging disc surgery is what many individuals think of when a doctor mentions surgical treatment for the spinal condition. This type of operation typically entails the complete removal of the affected intervertebral disc and the installation of stabilizing hardware. Patients who undergo 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 and internal bleeding. 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 open spine bulging disc surgery. These procedures are performed through a very small incision that is typically less than one inch long 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 hardware and feature a reduced risk for developing FBSS and other complications. Those who are interested in learning more about the endoscopic procedures performed by Laser Spine Institute should contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation and review of an MRI or CT scan.