Lumbar surgery — minimally invasive surgery to treat lumbar spine conditions

Patients suffering from severe pain in the lumbar spine (lower back) may be recommended to undergo lumbar disc surgery if conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and stretches, 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 weight gain and repetitive motion, the vertebrae in the lumbar spine become compressed and begin to put pressure on the discs found between the vertebrae. As the discs become compressed, they slowly begin to deteriorate and jeopardize the stability of the spine.

When a lumbar disc deteriorates, it can bulge out of position and impact a nerve root in the spinal canal. 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. This is called spondylolisthesis.

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

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Protruded or bulging discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • And many more

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

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. This is true of traditional open back surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we believe that patients deserve better — better patient satisfaction, better postoperative recovery, and better overall surgical techniques. Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our procedures have a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ Patients at Laser Spine Institute have a shorter recovery time^ and higher satisfaction rate than patients who undergo traditional open back surgery.

If you are contemplating lumbar disc surgery, we encourage you to research all of your options and reach out to our Care Team for information about each procedure available to you. 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 surgeon or medical professional has reviewed your most recent MRI or CT scan, and will be dependent of 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 without disrupting the muscles surrounding the spine. (During traditional open back surgery, these muscles are cut and torn, causing an increased risk of infection and excessive blood loss, as well as a prolonged recovery period). 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. If the disc is severely damaged, the surgeon might have to 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 Care Team at Laser Spine Institute for more information. Our goal is to help you find the best treatment option for your spine care needs, so you can get back to living the life you enjoy.