Types of herniated disc surgery

If you have recently been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you may be wondering what exactly the condition is and how it was caused. Your doctor has probably told you that your symptoms, which may include pain, muscle weakness, numbness and tingling in the neck, back, hips, shoulders and/or extremities, can probably be alleviated through conservative means. If your pain lingers, your doctor may then recommend surgery. However, it is important to first examine all of your options and make sure you’re comfortable with the risks and complications associated with the procedure you select prior to choosing surgery as an option.

Traditional open spine surgery

Traditional open spine surgery for a herniated disc typically involves the removal of the affected disc. The adjacent vertebrae are then fused using a bone graft and stabilizing implants. This type of operation usually requires a sizeable incision and a difficult rehabilitation. Traditional open spine surgery also presents the risk for failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), which occurs when a patient’s symptoms continue or worsen following surgery.

Minimally invasive procedures

Some patients may be able to select a minimally invasive option for herniated disc surgery. Unlike traditional open spine surgery, a minimally invasive procedure:

  • Reduces hospital-associated costs^
  • Uses a small incision that is muscle-sparing
  • Has a shorter recovery period^
  • Is performed on an outpatient basis
  • Has less surgical blood loss and a reduced risk of infection^

Herniated disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery^ and have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. If your doctor has recommended surgical treatment for your herniated disc, contact Laser Spine Institute to see if our herniated disc surgery would be effective for you.

At Laser Spine Institute, our highly skilled surgeons are able to grab or remove the herniated portion of the disc in order to provide the patient with lasting relief. To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.* We are here to help get you back to the activities you love.

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