Lumbar herniated disc fusion

A herniated disc in the lumbar (lower) spine can be extremely painful and can prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. Even simple tasks such as walking and cleaning can become too painful to perform. If you have been suffering with this pain for several months and you have not found sufficient relief from conservative treatments, you may have been recommended for spine surgery such as a lumbar herniated disc fusion.

While the thought of a spinal fusion may be concerning, you should research some alternative options before moving forward with any treatment method. For example, Laser Spine Institute offers a minimally invasive stabilization procedure that is an outpatient alternative to traditional open back fusion. Take a moment to learn more about the alternative treatment options available for lumbar herniated disc surgery and reach out to the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute with any questions about treatments.

What is traditional lumbar spinal fusion?

Fusion of the spine is a procedure that fuses adjacent vertebrae together. The herniated disc is removed, and in its place, bone grafts are used to help the growth of a solid segment of bone that not only widens the disc space, but also limits the movement of that section of the spine.

Often, these procedures are performed as traditional spinal fusions. This is a highly invasive operation that typically requires several nights of hospitalization. This surgery begins with a very large incision in the back that cuts through the muscles surrounding and supporting the spine. In some cases, these muscles are temporarily detached from the body to give the surgeons more room to work. Once the spine is accessed, the vertebrae surrounding the herniated disc are permanently joined together with bone graft material and hardware to stabilize and support the spine.

Because of the highly invasive nature of this procedure, risk of complications such as infections and failed back surgery syndrome are increased. If excessive scar tissue builds up internally as the large incision heals, it can potentially cause severe pain and symptoms.

Alternatives to traditional open spine surgery

Patients searching for pain relief from a herniated disc have other options besides traditional open back fusion. The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers patients a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ than traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive stabilization procedures are an approach to spinal fusion that use muscle-sparing techniques that allow for a small incision and an outpatient procedure.

To see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery for a lumbar herniated disc, please contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for your free MRI review.*