Bulging disc surgery without needing fusion
For patients suffering from a bulging disc, the idea of spinal fusion may seem like both a necessity and something to be avoided. Spinal fusions, while providing some benefits for treatment, are often associated with several risks that can make patients hesitant to undergo the procedure.
If you have been suffering from a bulging disc and you have not found any effective pain relief from nonsurgical treatments, you may be considering a surgical option to help alleviate your symptoms. While the idea of spinal fusion may be too overwhelming to consider, you should research some of the minimally invasive surgical alternatives available to you.
Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive surgery for a bulging disc that does not necessarily require fusion. While some severe cases of a bulging disc may have no other choice beside spinal fusion, many bulging discs can be effectively treated through a simply discectomy, which removes a small portion of the bulging disc that is out of alignment, releasing pressure on the trapped nerve root and still maintaining the stability of the spine. This procedure is a safer and effective alternative to traditional discectomy or any other spinal fusion.
What to expect during a minimally invasive discectomy surgery
A minimally invasive discectomy is one of our most common procedures at Laser Spine Institute because many adults suffer from a damaged disc due to the natural aging process of the spine.
During this procedure, the surgeon will make a small, 1-inch incision in the back and carefully move away the muscles surrounding the spine without cutting or tearing them — this is a procedure not practiced during a traditional discectomy, which cuts and tears the surrounding muscles. Once the surgeon can reach the spine, the surgeon will remove a small portion of the bulging disc that has protruded into the spinal canal. This will allow the pinched nerve to be released, which should decrease the pain and symptoms caused by the bulging disc. Because only a small portion of the disc is removed, stabilization surgery is often not necessary.
Laser Spine Institute has a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100,^ positioning Laser Spine Institute as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our procedures are performed at one of our world-class outpatient surgery centers throughout the country.
For more information about the advantages of the minimally invasive discectomy procedure at Laser Spine Institute to treat a bulging disc, please contact us today.