What surgery is recommended for degenerative disc disease?

Neck and back pain and other degenerative disc disease symptoms can often be managed without surgery. However, when spinal nerve compression is involved, conservative treatments sometimes prove to be insufficient. For instance, a bulging or herniated disc can irritate or compress the spinal cord or a nerve root, and the associated pain may not respond well to medications, physical therapy or other nonsurgical approaches. In these situations, a surgical procedure may be considered to provide relief and enhance the stability of the spinal column.

If you’re considering surgery to address chronic neck or back pain caused by spinal nerve compression, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help. Our surgeons perform several types of degenerative disc disease surgery, and our minimally invasive outpatient procedures are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^

How does Laser Spine Institute treat degenerative disc disease?

To address spinal nerve compression associated with degenerative disc disease, we may recommend a specific type of surgery, such as a:

  • Discectomy — removal of damaged disc material
  • Foraminotomy — removal of a small amount of bony tissue in a foramen
  • Laminotomy — removal of a segment of a lamina
  • Minimally invasive stabilization — removal of spinal anatomy and the placement of bone grafts or implants to support and stabilize the spinal column

What are the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery?

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery is often clinically appropriate and provides many advantages versus open neck or back surgery.^ While the specific surgical techniques used for each procedure can vary, all involve small incisions and muscle-sparing techniques.

If you’d like to learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute and request a no-cost MRI review.* We can discuss your options and help you determine if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive degenerative disc disease surgery.