Degenerative disc disease surgery

Degenerative disc disease surgery may be recommended for patients who have found little to no relief after utilizing conservative, non-invasive treatments for several weeks or months. New advances in medical technology enable Laser Spine Institute to perform minimally invasive, outpatient procedures to treat degenerative disc disease. These procedures present fewer risks and complications than traditional open spine surgery and allow patients to recover much more quickly.

Open spine surgery

When open spine surgery is used to treat degenerative disc disease, a large surgical incision is made in the neck or back. The muscles that surround the spine are often disrupted to gain access to the affected intervertebral disc, which is then removed in its entirety. The adjacent vertebrae that were once cushioned by the now-removed disc are then fused together using a bone graft and stabilizing implants to limit movement and flexibility in the affected spinal region. Traditional open spine surgery makes the patient susceptible to a number of complications, including failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), which is the worsening or continuation of symptoms following surgery. Open spine surgery is often followed by a lengthy hospital stay and an arduous rehabilitation.

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are an effective alternative to open spine degenerative disc disease surgery. These procedures are performed through a small incision to access the affected disc and don’t require muscle disruption. The portion of the disc that is causing nerve compression is removed. The statistics for these procedures are overwhelmingly positive — we have a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ Contact us to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.