Laser Spine Institute treatment options for bulging disc
When you turn to Laser Spine Institute to explore your treatment options for a bulging disc in your neck or back, you can rest assured that our medical team will thoroughly explain your options. We specialize in a variety of state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures that are designed to help alleviate the symptoms stemming from a bulging disc. Each of these techniques is performed in our comfortable surgery centers in an outpatient setting and has minimal risk for postsurgical complications. The recovery and rehabilitation process is much less arduous^ than with traditional open spine surgery because of the nature of our treatments.
What is a bulging disc?
A bulging disc refers to an intervertebral disc in the spine that has extended beyond its normal parameters between the vertebrae. This condition is not the same as a herniated disc because a bulging disc is structurally intact – it has just extended into an area where it doesn’t belong. The disc bulge itself is usually not symptomatic, but problems can arise when the extruded disc wall comes in contact with the spinal cord or a nerve root in the surrounding area.
How is a bulging disc treated at Laser Spine Institute?
In most cases, the symptoms of bulging discs respond well to conservative, non-surgical treatment. If, however, you do not find the results you want, surgery might be considered. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several treatment options for bulging disc problems:
- Discectomy – Using highly advanced laser technology, our surgeons carefully vaporize the portion of the bulging disc that is causing nerve inflammation, decompressing the affected nerve in the process.
- Laminotomy or foraminotomy – When a bulging disc infringes on surrounding tissues, these procedures might be recommended to recreate space in the spinal canal or the narrow passageways in the spinal column that normally house nerve infrastructure. The removal of small segments of bone can reduce pressure on the affected nerve.
- Minimally invasive stabilization – This approach is recommended for advanced cases of disc degeneration where the disc needs to be carefully removed and the affected region of the spine stabilized through fusion.
To learn if you might be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact us today and request a review of your recent MRI report or CT scan.