Lumbar disc surgery — minimally invasive surgery to treat disc conditions

Patients suffering from severe pain in the lumbar (lower) spine may be recommended to undergo lumbar disc surgery if conservative treatments, such as physical therapy or spinal injections, do not provide lasting pain relief.

Lumbar spine pain can be caused by a number of spine conditions, though the most common cause of lower back pain is a degenerative spine condition that affects a disc in the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is responsible for supporting and stabilizing the body’s weight. Over time, with natural aging combined with weight gain and repetitive motion, the spinal discs that cushion the vertebrae begin to experience more pressure. As the discs become compressed, they slowly begin to deteriorate, which can disrupt the stability of the spine.

How lumbar disc conditions develop

When a lumbar disc degenerates, it can bulge out of position and impact a nerve in the spinal column. This is called a bulging disc. Or, it can allow the vertebra resting above it to move out of alignment, sometimes even resulting in the upper vertebra sliding over the top of the lower vertebra, which is called spondylolisthesis.

Some of the other conditions that can be treated through lumbar disc surgery include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Protruded or bulging discs
  • Spinal stenosis

If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions and you are seeking lasting pain relief, please reach out to the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute to discuss the treatment options available to you.

Benefits of minimally invasive lumbar disc surgery

The thought of undergoing spine surgery can be overwhelming for many patients. Surgery comes with risk and is often associated with patients who have developed complications and additional pain from spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery offers patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^

We offer two main types of minimally invasive surgery to treat lumbar disc conditions: minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery. The type of surgery performed will be discussed after a full evaluation by our medical team and will be dependent on the severity and location of your condition.

Both types of surgery begin through a small incision in the back; the incision is about an inch in length. Through the use of advanced medical technology and techniques, the surgeon is able to access the spine through this small incision with minimal disruption of surrounding tissue. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove a portion of the damaged disc to decompress the nerve in the spinal canal; this is called a minimally invasive decompression surgery. For more severely damaged discs, our surgeons can perform a minimally invasive stabilization surgery by removing the entire disc and inserting an implant to stabilize the spine.

To learn more about our minimally invasive lumbar disc surgery, please contact the team at Laser Spine Institute for more information. We are pleased to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.