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 will have gone through a series of conservative treatments for pain relief. This can include a combination of medication, physical therapy and stretching, as well as other therapies. For many patients, conservative treatment is an effective method of pain management for a herniated disc.

However if conservative treatments are not effective, 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 primary approaches for 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 will require a large incision and overnight hospitalization. During the procedure, 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.^
  • As an alternative, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery. These minimally invasive procedures are an alternative to traditional herniated disc operations and other traditional open spine procedures. Our procedures can be performed with a less than 1-inch incision, helping to avoid unnecessary muscle disruption. This allows our patients to experience lower risks of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.

Our board-certified surgeons+ perform these procedures in our state-of-the-art surgery centers across the United States.

Take the next step

If you are being affected by a herniated disc, 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 free MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.