Three misconceptions about herniated disc surgery

The decision to undergo herniated disc surgery is a crucial step in treatment for this condition and should be made on as informed a basis as possible. However, there are many myths and misconceptions about the surgical options that are available to people with herniated discs. This article addresses three commonly held misbeliefs about these procedures.

1. Pain and symptoms will always worsen over time.

Herniated disc symptoms can become increasingly worse, but it is also possible for them to improve over time, particularly with conservative treatments. This is because when a disc ruptures, many of the symptoms are produced by its internal fluid leaking into the spinal column and affecting surrounding nerves. The body can reabsorb this material over time, lessening the impact on these neighboring tissues. The goal of conservative treatment is to manage pain, restore mobility and promote spine health while the overall progress of the condition is monitored.

2. Surgery is a quick, easy fix.

Although surgery is sometimes the best path to relief for herniated disc patients, choosing to have surgery isn’t a decision to be made lightly. All surgical procedures present some degree of risk and will require a recovery period. For this reason, it’s important to fully explore conservative treatment options before turning to surgery and to go into surgery with realistic expectations.

3. Traditional open spine surgery is the only option.

Many people know someone who has undergone traditional open back surgery and heard about the large incision, overnight hospital stay and long recovery period and they might think it’s the only surgical option available. Advances in medical technology and surgical technique have led to the development of minimally invasive spine surgery, including the outpatient procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. By using a muscle-sparing approach that includes a less than 1-inch incision, we are able to offer our patients less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open spine surgery.

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To learn more about the minimally invasive herniated disc surgery options offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today. We can review your MRI at no cost* and determine if you’re a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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