What is a minimally invasive discectomy?

A minimally invasive discectomy is a procedure performed at Laser Spine Institute to treat chronic conditions like a bulging or herniated disc in the neck or back. The goal of the procedure is to remove a small portion of the damaged disc in order to decompress a pinched nerve root in the spinal canal. In most cases, just a small portion of the disc can be removed without disrupting the stability of the spine. However, in some severe cases, the entire damaged disc will have to be removed and a stabilization procedure will accompany the discectomy in order to stabilize the spine.

Often, a discectomy procedure is not recommended unless a patient has not responded to several weeks or months of conservative treatment and is still suffering from herniated disc symptoms. For many patients who have been recommended spine surgery, a minimally invasive discectomy at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to the highly invasive traditional discectomy procedure.^ To learn more about the advantages of spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.

What to expect during a minimally invasive discectomy

The minimally invasive discectomy procedure at Laser Spine Institute is performed through a less than 1-inch incision to avoid the disruption of the local muscles and soft tissue. It’s important to understand that unlike a traditional discectomy and some forms of microdiscectomy, our minimally invasive approach allows our patients to experience a lower risk of complication and a higher patient satisfaction score of 96 out of 100.^

In the event that a minimally invasive stabilization surgery is required after a discectomy, the entire disc will then be removed instead of a portion of the disc, and an artificial disc will be inserted into the empty disc space to create a more natural feel and movement of the spine than the traditional metal cage fusion.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for more information

Our minimally invasive discectomy procedures are performed in one of our state-of-the-art surgery centers throughout the country, allowing our patients to be up and walking within a few hours after surgery.^ We encourage you to research the benefits of our minimally invasive procedures and our culture of care to determine if our surgery is the best fit for your spine care needs.

For more information about our minimally invasive discectomy and to find out if you are a candidate for our procedures, please reach out to the team at Laser Spine Institute today. Through a free MRI review* of your spine, we can evaluate your condition to see if our procedures would be effective in providing you with lasting relief from your symptoms.