The Basics of Bulging Disc Keyhole Surgery
Bulging disc keyhole surgery is another way to describe a minimally invasive procedure used to alleviate pain and other symptoms associated with spinal nerve compression. A bulging disc causes symptoms when the outer wall of an intervertebral disc compresses or otherwise makes contact with a spinal nerve root or the spinal cord itself. It is called “keyhole,” because the incision used to access the spine is much smaller than the incisions used to perform traditional open neck or back surgery. In most cases, surgery is only recommended if a regimen of conservative treatment proves ineffective after several weeks or months.
The minimally invasive advantage
A smaller incision is not the only defining quality of bulging disc keyhole surgery. There are many advantages to choosing the minimally invasive surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute, if you are a candidate, rather than traditional open neck or back surgery. These advantages include:
- A patient satisfaction score of 96^
- 81 percent of Laser Spine Institute’s patients return to work within three months
- An infection rate (0.49 percent^) significantly less than traditional open back surgery (up to 19 percent)
In addition, minimally invasive spine surgery requires no overnight hospital stay, compared to two to five days for traditional open spine surgery. Also, patients generally recover much faster after minimally invasive surgery and there is minimal scarring.
Are you a candidate?
Patients who have been unable to manage their nerve compression symptoms with a conservative treatment regimen after several weeks or months might be candidates for bulging disc keyhole surgery at Laser Spine Institute. To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute today.