Fragmented disc surgery may be scheduled for a patient suffering from extreme or debilitating back or neck pain that has persisted through conservative, non-surgical treatment. When a disc has become fragmented, it is likely that pieces of disc material will come into contact with the nearby nerve structure and cause irritation, which leads to an individual’s pain or neurological symptoms. Spine surgery is occasionally necessary to decompress the nerves and alleviate the individual’s discomfort.
In order to have a successful fragmented disc surgery, the patient must first ensure that the origin of their symptoms has been correctly identified. This most often requires an appointment with a physician for a complete medical review and examination, and the use of medical imagery (such as an MRI or CT scan) to pinpoint the source of the problem. Once the diagnosis has been determined, the physician will attempt to manage the symptoms conservatively. This can include:
- Limited rest to regain strength
- Physical therapy, exercise, stretching, and yoga
- The application of heat or ice
- Improved posture
- Diet adjustment
- Back or neck braces
- Pain medication or injections
- And more
Should these non-surgical treatments prove ineffective or the condition grows gradually worse, fragmented disc surgery may be considered. The team of spine surgeons at Laser Spine Institute (LSI) offers a compelling alternative, endoscopic spine surgery, which offers many benefits over traditional open back or open neck surgery.
The difference is in the precision. Where open back surgery requires a large initial cut, muscle dissection, tissue trauma, and disc removal, at LSI, we utilize state-of-the-art, computer-assisted laser technology to carefully remove just the fragments of the disc that are pressing on nerves or are clogging nerve passageways. We are able to accomplish this through a very small incision in the back or neck. The result is a procedure that is less painful, less risky, and requires less rehabilitation.
To learn more about endoscopic spine procedures for the treatment of fragmented discs, contact Laser Spine Institute today. When you contact us, we can arrange for our doctors to review MRI or CT scan, absolutely free of charge.