Fusion for bulging or herniated discs

Patients suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a bulging or herniated 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. If you are interested in learning about the less invasive alternatives available for spinal fusion, read the following article.

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

For patients concerned about the increased risks of traditional fusion for a bulging or herniated disc, consider the safer and effective alternative to open spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.^ One of our most common stabilization procedures for a damaged disc in the neck is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). The entire procedure is performed using muscle-sparing techniques that lower a patient’s risk of infection and complication compared to traditional open spine surgeries.^

Shorter recovery for bulging or herniated disc fusion

The goal of an ACDF is to alleviate the pain, tingling, numbness and weakness caused by nerve compression from conditions such as a bulging or herniated disc. 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

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive ACDF procedures can help alleviate the symptoms of a bulging or herniated disc. This is done by making a small incision in the front of the neck region and then moving muscles aside as surgical tools are inserted through the incision. Our board-certified surgeons+ will then remove your damaged disc and insert bone graft materials and an artificial disc to stabilize the vertebral segment of your spine.

Afterward, a patient is attended by a caregiver for 24 hours with instructions on postoperative care. 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. Our spine care experts have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their conditions.

Through a free MRI review,* our dedicated team is able to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, so we can help you recapture your quality of life from debilitating pain and discomfort.