Compressed disc surgery becomes necessary when one or more of the soft, spongy intervertebral discs that cushion the spine have deteriorated. This deterioration may allow the vertebrae on the top and bottom of the compressed disc to rub together, pinch nerves, and encourage the formation of painful bone spurs. In most instances, symptoms stemming from a compressed disc can be managed through conservative, non-surgical treatment, but should pain persist, surgery may be considered.
Also known as a herniated, slipped, or prolapsed disc, a compressed disc occurs when the walls of the intervertebral disc weaken and lose their structural integrity. As a result, the disc protrudes from its resting place between the vertebrae and may lead to nerve compression and painful symptoms. Compressed disc surgery is used to decompress the nerves by removing the source of the irritation.
Common symptoms of a compressed disc include:
- Local, chronic back or neck pain
- Sciatica pain or pain radiating along any nerve root
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling in the arms or legs
- And more
Most of these symptoms can normally be managed conservatively with exercise, proper diet, heat packs, and pain medication. However, occasionally the location and severity of the collapsed disc is severe enough to warrant a more aggressive treatment plan such as disc surgery. In this case, patients should consider a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure from Laser Spine Institute (LSI) as an alternative to traditional open back compressed or collapsed disc surgery.
By utilizing the latest in gentle laser technology and state-of-the-art computer-assisted surgical techniques, the medical team at LSI is able to help patients find pain relief without the lengthy recovery and difficult rehabilitation of open back compressed disc surgery. If you are considering a procedure to treat a compressed disc or other disc disorder, contact LSI to learn about all of your options and for a free review of your MRI or CT scan.