Slipped disc symptoms are often treatable with conservative therapy, so slipped disc surgery is only recommended for the small minority of people who have tried conventional treatments but still experience severe and debilitating symptoms. The purpose of slipped disc surgery is to remove any bone or disc matter causing pressure on the spinal cord and nerve endings. These operations are often referred to as decompression surgery. A few of the decompression surgeries used to treat a slipped disc, also called a herniated disc, include discectomy, laminectomy and laminotomy:
- Discectomy is the removal of the damaged intervertebral disc to relieve pressure from a neighboring nerve root or the spinal cord.
- Laminectomy is the removal of the lamina, a portion of the vertebra. The lamina is removed in an attempt to open up space in the spinal canal and release trapped nerves.
- Laminotomy is the removal of a portion — but not all — of the lamina.
Traditional back surgery is performed in a hospital environment. The surgeon makes a large incision, around 5 to 6 inches in length, and moves the back muscles away from the spine to gain access to the slipped disc. Recovery can take months and can be quite painful, during which time prescription pain medication may be required.
If you’ve considered slipped disc surgery, there is an alternative to traditional open back procedures. Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are performed in an outpatient setting. Our procedures have been very successful in treating slipped or herniated discs, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, and many other spinal conditions. To learn more about our innovative procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.