Bulging disc surgery is usually only considered as a final option after more conservative treatments have proven ineffective over the course of several months or years. As with any procedure, the decision to undergo disc surgery is not to be taken lightly because there are a number of potential risks when treating a bulging disc with open back surgery.
The first, and most obvious, risk associated with open back bulging disc surgery is that the procedure is massively invasive. Surgeons make a large incision to gain access to the problem site. As a result, scar tissue, hemorrhaging, muscle damage, and infection are all potential side-effects. Once the surgery is completed, the patient also needs to be hospitalized overnight for monitoring, and both recovery and rehabilitation are lengthy ordeals. Most troubling of all: open back surgery isn’t always effective. Surgeries can fail, pain can be transferred, grafts may not take, and the trauma from the surgery may cause as many problems as the bulging disc itself.
However, there is an alternative to open back disc surgery. Minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery is being used with great effect to treat bulging discs without many of the side-effects associated with traditional surgery. These orthopedic procedures have a number of inherent advantages:
- They are computer-assisted and use gentle lasers that offer an unparalleled level of precision
- Endoscopic, micro disc surgery is significantly faster
- The procedures only require a small incision
- Rehabilitation is minimal
- No hospitalization is required
Endoscopic spine surgery is the new revolutionary option for a bulging disc procedure, and at the forefront of this exciting field is the medical team at Laser Spine Institute (LSI). To learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive procedures, and for a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact LSI today.