Minimally invasive disc decompression
Disc decompression is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve pain, numbness and decreased mobility caused by a ruptured, herniated or bulging disc. This technique is performed as a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.
The purpose of the procedure is to remove a small portion of the damaged disc in order to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve root in the spinal canal. By only removing a portion of the disc, the spine is still stabilized and the symptoms of pain are reduced while the damaged disc continues to heal.
If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative disc disease and recommended to undergo spinal surgery, you should research the advantages of minimally invasive surgery compared to traditional spine surgery. There are several key differences between the two that should be considered before you pick the right type of surgery for your needs.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive disc decompression?
At Laser Spine Institute, we perform a minimally invasive disc decompression procedure called a discectomy. During this procedure, a small, 1-inch incision is made in the back, and the muscles around the spine are gently pushed aside. This is a huge added benefit to patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery because the small, undisruptive incision reduces a patient’s risk of infection, excessive blood loss and postoperative complications.
On the contrary, traditional back surgery requires a large incision that cuts through and detaches the muscles near the spine in order to let the surgeon access the damaged disc. This leads to increased risks of complications and a prolonged recovery time while the muscles heal with the spine.
Some of our patients may need a minimally invasive stabilization following a discectomy procedure. Unlike traditional fusion that uses a metal cage and rods to permanently fuse together two or more vertebrae, our procedure replaces the damaged disc with an artificial disc. In some cases, additional bone graft may be used to stabilize the spine.
With our minimally invasive procedures, patients are typically back on their feet within a couple of hours after the procedure, and some patients feel pain relief immediately. Many of our patients report relief from their symptoms within a short period of time.
To learn more about Laser Spine Institute’s discectomy, please contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and provide a review of your MRI or CT scan to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.