Lower back disc surgery
Lower back disc surgery is a very common type of disc surgery because the lumbar (lower) spine is one of the most vulnerable areas of the spine for disc damage.
Each time we bend, arch or twist our spines, it puts pressure on the discs that cushion the spinal vertebrae. As we grow older, natural degeneration makes the discs less able to withstand these stresses, which can lead to the development of a condition such as a herniated or bulging disc. When one of these conditions develops, a nerve near the lumbar spine can be pinched, causing severe pain and radiating symptoms into the lower body.
Conservative treatments are very often effective, but they don’t work for everyone. Lower back disc surgery can become a serious consideration if symptoms are interfering with quality of life after fully exhausting conservative treatments.
When to consider lower back disc surgery
The first method of treatment for lower back pain caused by a disc condition is often a series of conservative nonsurgical treatments recommended by a doctor.
Physical therapy can be an effective treatment that helps to strengthen the spine and improve flexibility. Regular physical therapy sessions supplemented by recommended at-home exercises help many people maintain an active lifestyle and potentially avoid surgery.
Corticosteroid injections are another nonsurgical treatment option that your doctor may recommend to help prevent the need for lower back disc surgery. The anti-inflammatory hormone cortisone is injected into the epidural space of the spine and can help to relieve pain for short periods of time. These are often administered to help patients undergo an exercise or physical therapy program if symptoms are severe.
There are many other nonsurgical treatment options available for lower back disc pain, including massage, manual adjustment and medication. Typically, your doctor will recommend a series of conservative treatments for several months to evaluate your level of pain. If you do not experience a significant reduction in pain and symptoms after several months, it may be time to consider lower back disc surgery.
Minimally invasive lower back disc surgery
The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers patients an alternative to traditional open back procedures. Our procedures are performed with a smaller incision, allowing patients to experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complications^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.
We offer a minimally invasive discectomy procedure, which removes a small portion of the damaged disc through a less than 1-inch incision. This procedure aims to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve near the spine by removing the portion of the disc that is compressing it.
Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery. We can provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.