Laser Spine Institute’s treatment options for disc extrusion

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer treatment options for people who have been diagnosed with disc extrusion. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is intended for patients dealing with certain spine conditions who have already attempted conservative treatments without experiencing adequate symptom relief.

Elective surgery should always be considered as a last resort because of the risks associated with any surgical procedure. However, at Laser Spine Institute our minimally invasive approach is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, offering patients less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time in comparison.^

Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the outpatient surgeries that our surgeons can perform to address the symptoms of disc extrusion.

Laminotomy

A laminotomy involves the removal of a portion of the lamina, which is a smooth layer of bone near the top of the vertebral arch. The goal is to open up space in the spinal canal to take pressure off of nerves that have been affected by extruded disc material.

Foraminotomy

A foraminotomy involves clearing out and opening up a foramen. A foramen (or foramina plural) is a small opening between vertebrae that allow nerve roots to exit the spinal canal and travel out to the rest of the body. This procedure can treat situations where a bulging or extruded disc has caused foraminal narrowing and compressed nerve roots, causing painful symptoms.

Discectomy and minimally invasive stabilization

A discectomy is a procedure that involves removing part of a spinal disc, such as extruded disc material, to relieve any nerve compression it is causing. In some severe cases of disc degeneration, the entire disc needs to be removed from the spinal column and a minimally invasive stabilization procedure is performed. Also known as spinal fusion, this approach is intended to keep the spine as stable as possible by grafting together two adjacent vertebrae.

If you are considering surgery after exhausting conservative treatment options, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about your treatment options. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to help you find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.