Fragmented disc surgery may be scheduled for a patient experiencing extreme or debilitating neck or back pain that has persisted despite 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, as well as 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
- Neck or back braces
- Pain medication or injections
- And more
Should these non-surgical treatments prove ineffective, or if the condition grows gradually worse, fragmented disc surgerymay be considered. The team of spine surgeons at Laser Spine Institute offers a compelling alternative, minimally invasive spine surgery, which offers many benefits over traditional open neck or open back surgery.
The difference is in the precision. Where open back surgery requires a large initial cut, muscle dissection and tissue trauma, at Laser Spine Institute, we utilize state-of-the-art 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 neck or back. The result is a procedure that is less painful, less risky and requires less rehabilitation.
To learn more about minimally invasive spine procedures for the treatment of fragmented discs, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We would be glad to provide your MRI review and answer any questions that you have.