Lower back disc surgery
Lower back disc surgery is one of the most common types of disc surgery because the lumbar (lower) spine is one of the most susceptible areas of the spine for disc damage.
Each time we bend, arch or twist our spines, the vertebrae in the lower back bend and twist, placing pressure on the discs in between them. This constant pressure on the discs can cause degeneration in the form of a herniated disc or bulging disc. When one of these conditions develops, a nerve root near the lumbar spine can be pinched, causing severe pain and possibly even sciatica.
This pain can sometimes be managed through conservative treatments, though not all patients can find relief that way. Some patients may require lower back disc surgery to help treat the pain at the source of the damaged disc.
When to consider lower back disc surgery
The first method of treatment for lower back pain is often a series of conservative, nonsurgical treatments monitored by your doctor.
Physical therapy is known as an effective conservative treatment for some patients, even helping them avoid spinal disc surgery altogether. Ask your physician and physical therapist if regular exercise will help your spinal condition, and be sure to follow their advice about which exercises are best for you.
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. Cortisone is a slow-release steroid, so you would only need an injection once every several months.
There are many other nonsurgical treatment options available for lower back disc pain. 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 neck and back surgery. Our procedures are performed with a smaller incision, allowing patients to experience a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complications when compared to 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 no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.