Disc surgery is commonly used to treat degenerative disc diseases, such as a bulging disc, herniated disc or collapsed disc, when conservative treatment fails to provide pain relief.
For many adults, degenerative disc disease is a common occurrence with age. The reason for this is simple: the spine naturally degenerates over time, causing an increased risk for disc damage during the process. The discs play an important role in spine health; they are responsible for cushioning the vertebrae and allowing the vertebrae to pivot without colliding.
Over time, as weight gain occurs, the vertebrae begin to press down on the discs in between them. Initially, the elasticity in the outer layer of the disc can keep the disc from flattening as the vertebra presses down. However, with enough pressure, the elasticity in the outer layer wears down, allowing the disc to shift out of place, sometimes just bulging into the spinal canal (bulging disc) and sometimes ripping open and leaking inner disc fluid into the canal (herniated disc).
If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative disc condition and you are researching surgical options, there are two important things you should know: many patients find effective relief from disc pain through conservative methods of treatment and, should you require surgery, there is a safer and effective method of surgery than traditional open back surgery. We understand that considering surgery is a daunting and overwhelming process. That is why our team of spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute is here to walk with you on your journey to wellness.
Minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization
The most common minimally invasive surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute for patients with a damaged disc is called a discectomy. A discectomy simply removes a portion of the damaged disc that is compressing a nerve root in the spinal canal. Once the damaged portion of the disc is removed, the nerve root is released and the pain and symptoms should resolve.
In some instances, our surgeons will couple a discectomy with a minimally invasive stabilization procedure. This is used for people with severely damaged discs that must be entirely removed from the spine. Once the disc is removed, the surgeon will place an artificial disc into the empty disc space, immediately stabilizing the spine.
The advantages of our minimally invasive surgery include:
- No lengthy recovery^
- Less than a 1-inch incision
- Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
- Board-certified surgeons+
- Patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100^
Start your journey to recovery today. Contact our spine care team at Laser Spine Institute to request a review of your MRI report or CT scan and take the next step toward pain relief.