Herniated disc operation

A herniated disc operation is a type of surgery used to help treat the symptoms of a herniated disc by completely or partially removing the damaged disc.

Typically, before patients are recommended for any type of herniated disc operation, they are required to go through a series of nonsurgical treatments for pain relief. These treatments may include a combination of pain medication, physical therapy and stretching, as well as other conservative methods of therapy. For many patients, this conservative treatment is an effective method of pain management for a herniated disc.

However, if these conservative treatments are not effective for pain relief, a herniated disc operation may become necessary. If you are faced with a decision about surgery for a herniated disc, it’s important to review the surgical options available to you so you can make an informed decision about your treatment.


What type of herniated disc operation is right for you?

There are two popular types of surgery to treat a herniated disc: traditional open neck or back surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

In a traditional open neck or back surgery, patients must endure a large incision and several nights of hospitalization. During this large incision, the muscles surrounding the spine are cut and torn, sometimes even temporarily detaching the muscles altogether. All of these factors increase the risks of infection or other complications, as well as lengthen the recovery time.§

To avoid these increased risks and recovery times, you should consider the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute. These minimally invasive procedures are an alternative to traditional herniated disc operations and other traditional open spine surgeries. Our procedures use a smaller incision to avoid unnecessary muscle disruption, allowing our patients to experience lower risks of complication and a shorter recovery time§ than traditional open spine surgery.


Take the next step

It’s time for you to reclaim your life from chronic neck or back pain. Take the next step toward pain relief and contact us today for your no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.