Fusion for bulging and herniated discs

Patients suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc may require surgical treatment to find pain relief. For some mild cases of this condition, conservative treatment will suffice. However, if the conservative treatment methods have been exhausted and you are still struggling to complete your daily activities through chronic pain, your physician or spine care specialist will likely suggest a spinal fusion.

Spinal fusion can be an intimidating recommendation. After all, there are several risks involved with any surgical procedure, and traditional open back surgery includes risks of complication, infection and failed back surgery syndrome. While the benefits of this procedure can be rewarding, the possible risks should be considered before moving forward.

A safer and effective fusion option for a herniated or bulging disc

For patients concerned about the increased risks of traditional fusion for a herniated or bulging disc, consider the safer and effective surgical alternative at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery has a lower risk rate and a higher patient satisfaction score than traditional open neck or back fusion.

At Laser Spine Institute, one of the most common stabilization procedures for a damaged disc in the neck is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), and it entails the removal of a damaged disc and the insertion of a bone graft and stabilizing titanium plate. The entire procedure is performed using minimally invasive techniques that involve a small incision that lowers a patient’s risk of complications and infection.

Shorter recovery^ for herniated disc and bulging disc fusion

The goal of an ACDF, as with all minimally invasive procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, is to alleviate the pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms caused by nerve compression associated with conditions such as a bulging disc or a herniated disc.

Specifically, minimally invasive cervical fusion accomplishes this goal with less soft tissue damage than open neck or back spinal fusion procedures. Instead of cutting through the muscles surrounding the spine or detaching the muscles altogether, our minimally invasive approach leaves the core muscles intact and allows our patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional spinal fusion.

How minimally invasive cervical fusion can help

Here is a brief overview of how minimally invasive ACDF at Laser Spine Institute can help alleviate the symptoms of a bulging disc and herniated disc:

  • A small incision is made in the front of the neck region
  • Muscles are moved aside as surgical tools are inserted through the incision
  • The disc and loose disc material are removed
  • Bone graft materials and an artificial disc are inserted
  • The vertebral segment is stabilized by a titanium plate, if necessary

Afterward, a patient is attended by a caregiver for 24 hours. Instructions about activities, medication, wound care and more are issued.

To learn more about how minimally invasive cervical fusion may be able to help with chronic symptoms associated with a bulging disc or herniated disc in the neck, contact Laser Spine Institute.