Laser Spine Institute performs decompression surgery for a bulging disc

Laser Spine Institute is proud to offer minimally invasive nerve decompression surgery for patients with a bulging disc. These procedures are performed by board-certified surgeons+ in our state-of-the-art outpatient facilities across the United States. If you have not found the relief you need from symptoms related to a bulging disc through conservative techniques, our caring and dedicated team may be able to help.

What is a bulging disc?

A bulging disc refers to a disc in the spinal column that has protruded out of its normal place in the spinal column. A bulging disc typically causes symptoms when the bulging disc wall comes in contact with a nerve root or the spinal cord, causing painful compression. In this case, treatment may be recommended to reduce the strain on the disc, thereby alleviating pressure on the pinched nerve.

Treatment options

For a large number of people, bulging disc symptoms respond to conservative treatment such as medication, exercise, massage, physical therapy and hot/cold compresses. If, however, symptoms persist and become chronic, decompression surgery for a bulging disc may be recommended. Traditionally, open spine surgery has required a large incision, which severs important supporting muscles, to access the spine and take pressure off the affected nervous tissue. Recovery involves overnight hospitalization and a long, often difficult, recuperation period at home.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a range of outpatient, minimally invasive nerve decompression procedures that are a safer and effective alternative to traditional surgery, offering less risk of complication and a shorter recovery period to our patients. These procedures include:

  • Foraminotomy — increases space within one of the foramina, which are the narrow passageways in the spinal column that allow nerve roots to travel out into the body
  • Laminotomy — restores nerve space in the spinal canal by removing a portion of the lamina, the bony arch of the spinal column
  • Discectomy — removes a portion of the deteriorated disc to relieve nerve compression

To learn more about the types of decompression surgery we offer for a bulging disc, as well as our other minimally invasive procedures, contact us today. We’ll be glad to review your recent MRI at no cost* to determine if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

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