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 physician 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, non-invasive means. But what if your pain lingers? What should you do then? If your physician recommends surgery, first examine all of your options and make sure you’re comfortable with the risks and complications associated with the procedure you select.
Traditional open spine surgery
Traditional open spine surgery for a herniated disc typically involves excision 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 an arduous 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:
- Requires no hospitalization
- Is performed through a small incision
- Does not require a fusion or any stabilizing implants
Laser Spine Institute
Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures offer an effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery and have helped tens of thousands of patients experiencing chronic neck and back pain find relief. If your physician has recommended surgical treatment for your herniated disc, contact Laser Spine Institute to schedule your initial consultation .