Herniated disc surgery
Patients diagnosed with a herniated disc may find that surgery is the only option left to treat their condition. In many cases of a herniated disc, the symptoms of numbness and tingling in the extremities can be decreased with conservative treatment. For example, medication can help address the pain and inflammation, while many methods of physical therapy can promote healing, blood flow, proper body mechanics and core strength to prevent injuries as well as decrease stiffness and excessive strain. If the symptoms persist after several weeks or months, surgery can be considered.
Many patients consider herniated disc surgery to be a last resort type of treatment. However, there are several options for surgery that alleviate the fears of risks and complications. If you are considering surgery to treat your herniated disc, we encourage you to research all of your treatment options before deciding which surgery is right for you. Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. As you continue to research your options, please reach out to our Care Team to answer any questions you have about our minimally invasive procedures.
Open spine surgery
Spinal fusion is one of the most common types of traditional open neck and back surgery. When performed as an open spine procedure, fusion is invasive and requires the patient to be hospitalized for several days after the surgery is performed. The surgeon makes a large incision near the herniated disc, then cuts away the muscles and soft tissue around the spinal column. Once the surgeon has complete access to the deteriorated disc, the entire disc is carefully removed and replaced with a bone graft or matrix. The adjacent vertebrae are stabilized using metal plates, screws or rods, and the incision is closed. The patient is required to remain in the hospital for several days after the operation for observation.
The problem with traditional open neck and back surgery is the commitment that it requires from the patient. Several months of intense rehabilitation are required to regain strength. Additionally, traditional open spinal fusion comes with a significant risk for failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) and other postoperative complications that may require further surgery.
A minimally invasive alternative
Laser Spine Institute is the minimally invasive alternative to open neck and back herniated disc surgery. Our advanced techniques are less invasive and utilize the latest technology to remove the source of nerve compression while in many cases leaving the disc structurally intact, and 88 percent of our patients who undergo this type of minimally invasive decompression procedure return to their daily activities in three months. However, minimally invasive stabilization procedures are also available when needed, and offer tremendous benefit over traditional open neck and back fusion surgery. These outpatient procedures are performed through a small incision, sparing the muscles from being cut or torn. Studies have shown this decreases the risk of infection, in addition to its benefits in terms of recovery time.
At Laser Spine Institute, we specialize in advanced, minimally invasive techniques that can help our patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. Call now for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for surgery at Laser Spine Institute.