Bulging disc surgery – is surgery the best treatment for my disc protrusion?

Bulging Disc Surgery

As you prepare for your bulging disc surgery, you should take some time to research what you can expect during and after the procedure. Understanding how the surgery will be performed and your guidelines for recovery after the procedure will help to alleviate any apprehension you feel about your upcoming surgery.

Bulging disc surgery might be recommended by your physician if you’ve tried several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment and have not felt any relief from your symptoms. If your physician suggested surgery as a possible treatment for your bulging disc, he or she is likely referring to traditional open spine disc surgery. Traditional open back surgeries for the treatment of bulging discs and other spinal conditions, such as a herniated disc, typically require hospital admission and large incisions. Furthermore, traditional disc surgery requires a long recuperation time.

Laser Spine Institute’s approach to bulging disc surgery

Laser Spine Institute has a minimally invasive, outpatient approach to bulging disc surgery that can alleviate the symptoms of this painful condition. Bulging disc symptoms commonly include local pain at the site of the affected disc, as well as pain, weakness and tingling that radiates to the following areas:

  • Shoulders, arms and hands (in the case of cervical bulging discs that compress a nerve root)
  • Ribs and stomach (thoracic bulging discs)
  • Buttocks, hips, legs and feet (symptoms in these areas can be caused by lumbar bulging discs that compress a nerve root, or cervical bulging discs that compress the spinal cord)

Our discectomy procedure includes removing the portion of the extruding or bulging disc that is causing symptoms because it’s pressing against a nerve root or the spinal cord. This procedure is often used to treat different types of disc damage, including cases of a bulging disc or lumbar herniated disc. Our experienced surgeons can decompress the nerve by partially removing the bulging disc. The extra disc material is then extracted from the body and bulging disc symptoms generally are relieved.

After surgery is complete

Once our minimally invasive bulging disc surgery is complete, the patient (with a companion) is able to return to his or her hotel room after one to two hours of monitoring.^ We generally encourage patients to take a walk the afternoon or evening of the procedure. The patient then returns to our surgery center following day for a postoperative visit to get clearance from the physician to continue recovering at home.

Years ago, bulging disc surgery often ended with a long, painful recovery and an uncertainty of success. Laser Spine Institute has perfected minimally invasive procedures and now, on average, treatment of a bulging disc can be accomplished and most patients are back to their daily activities within three months. Read more about Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures and realize just how possible it might be for you to find relief from neck and back pain. Also take a moment and read a few of our previous patient testimonials and see what kind of an impact Laser Spine Institute has had on people’s lives.

The physicians at Laser Spine Institute have put together a bulging disc FAQ page to answer some questions you may have. While we strive to provide you with as much information as possible through our website, each case is unique and comes with its own set of concerns. If you have not found the answers to your questions on our website, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly assist you.