Surgery for degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease surgery may be recommended for patients who have found little to no relief after utilizing conservative treatments for several weeks or months. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive treatments for degenerative disc disease. These procedures present lower risks of complication and shorter recovery periods compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

Open spine degenerative disc disease surgery

When open spine surgery is used to treat degenerative disc disease, a 6- to 8-inch incision is made in the neck or back. The muscles that surround the spine are often disrupted to gain access to the affected spinal 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 two- to five-day hospital stay and a lengthy recovery period of six months to a year.

Minimally invasive degenerative disc disease surgery

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to open spine degenerative disc disease surgery.^ These procedures are performed through a small, muscle-sparing incision to access the affected disc and remove the portion of the disc that is causing nerve compression.

The statistics for these procedures are overwhelmingly positive, with a patient satisfaction score of 96 and a patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ Contact us to learn more about the advantages of our outpatient procedures and find out what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

The procedures performed at our state-of-the-art surgery centers have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck or back conditions, such as degenerative disc disease. To find out if you would be a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery, reach out to us today and ask for a free MRI review.*