Lumbar disc surgery is usually considered when a patient’s lower back pain is severe and has not been sufficiently managed with conservative treatments. Clearly, the decision to undergo any surgery is not to be taken lightly. However, with advances in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, the decision to schedule lumbar disc surgery has become much easier.
The lumbar spine is comprised of the five vertebrae (L1-L5) in the lower back (some individuals have six). These vertebrae are the strongest in the spine, and they support much of the body’s weight; they’re also extremely flexible. But, the combination of high stress and frequent motion can often lead to problems, and, eventually, individuals may need to consider lumbar disc surgery as a treatment option.
Two common problem areas in the lumbar spine are the facet joints and the intervertebral discs. In the case of the facet joints, these cartilage-coated synovial joints act as hinges and allow the spine to move without friction. The intervertebral discs, on the other hand, are soft, spongy pads that separate the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers. When functioning correctly, the joints interlock the spinal vertebrae, and the discs cushion the vertebrae, but both are susceptible to damage. It is this damage that can lead to nerve compression and a variety of painful symptoms.
Some conditions that might warrant lumbar disc surgery include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated or ruptured discs
- Protruded or bulging discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerves
- And many more
If you are considering lumbar disc surgery to relieve your lower back pain, contact the staff at Laser Spine Institute. Our internationally recognized team of expert spinal surgeons is at the forefront of minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional open back surgery. During a minimally invasive procedure at Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons use lasers along with other instruments to release nerves from impingement and alleviate pain without the lengthy rehabilitation or hospitalization usually associated with traditional open back surgery.
To learn more about lumbar disc procedures, and to receive a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today.