Bulging disc surgery and minimally invasive alternatives

Bulging disc surgery is usually a last resort for patients who have not found pain relief from non-invasive treatments. However, anyone who has considered a traditional open back surgery also knows that it can be a scary prospect because of the associated risks and lengthy recovery times. What you might not know is there is an alternative: state-of-the-art technology now allows bulging discs and other spine conditions to be treated on an outpatient basis with minimally invasive spine surgery.

Open spine surgery

Traditional open back procedures require large incisions along the back to give the surgeon access to the problem area of the spine. Patients who undergo this surgery risk developing failed back surgery syndrome — or FBSS ­— which is the worsening or continuation of symptoms following the operation. Infection is also a common risk. Finally, traditional open spine surgery will require a hospital stay and lengthy recovery period that can be very disruptive to your life.

Laser Spine Institute’s alternative

If you are concerned about the complications related to open back surgery, the minimally invasive spine surgery performed by Laser Spine Institute is a safer and more effective option to consider. These surgeries can treat a bulging disc with a less than 1-inch incision, using advanced tools to remove only the portion of the disc that is pressing on the nerve.

For severely damaged bulging discs, our minimally invasive stabilization procedures offer the same benefits of a traditional fusion without the muscle disruption of open back surgeries. Instead of installing bulky hardware in the spine and fusing together the vertebra near the damaged area, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery inserts an artificial disc where the damaged disc was removed from the spine. This means a reduced risk of FBSS and a much lower infection rate, while still offering the reduced recovery time§ of outpatient surgery.

If you are interested in learning more about the minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, contact us now to review your MRI report or CT scan. We are here to help guide you to the next step on your journey to pain relief.