A torn disc occurs when the annulus fibrosus (the cartilaginous exterior) of a disc ruptures. This can become painful for many patients if the disc’s nucleus pulpous (the jellylike interior) seeps through the tear and enters into the spinal canal. If symptoms of this condition continue for months and conservative treatments, such as pain medication and physical therapy, provide little relief, a doctor may recommend torn disc surgery.
As with most medical procedures, open back surgery presents certain risks. Before deciding on surgery, patients should consider the following downsides:
- Large incision
- Excessive scar tissue
- Lengthy recovery
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
- Risk for infection
For some, the idea of a life without neck or back pain is simply too appealing for surgery not to be considered. Patients should weigh the risks and benefits of open back surgery with a qualified physician to ensure the proper course of treatment is established.
Those who are unwilling to face the risks or lengthy recovery required by open neck or open back surgery may want to consider the minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed by the orthopedic specialists at Laser Spine Institute. Our endoscopic procedures utilize deep IV sedation and local anesthesia and have helped tens of thousands of patients to rediscover their lives without neck or back pain. Contact us to learn about these procedures and to schedule a complimentary consultation.