Types of disc surgery

Disc surgery is typically seen as an elective procedure to treat the pain and symptoms of a damaged disc when all conservative, nonsurgical treatments have failed.

For patients who are hesitant to undergo spine surgery due to the increased risks associated with traditional open back surgery, there is another option that is safer and effective. Advances in modern medicine have made minimally invasive disc surgery a viable alternative to traditional open back surgery. Through this minimally invasive treatment, many patients are finding meaningful pain relief from their disc conditions with an outpatient procedure from Laser Spine Institute.

If you are faced with a decision about disc surgery, you should take time to research your surgical options before moving forward with a treatment. There are several types of minimally invasive surgery available, such as:

At Laser Spine Institute, these procedures fall under the category of minimally invasive discectomy surgery. This means that, through a small incision in the back, the surgeon will remove a tiny portion of the damaged disc that is trapping a nerve root and causing your pain and symptoms. No muscles are cut or torn during the procedure, and the stability of the spine is not altered.

However, if a disc is severely damaged, the surgeon may remove the entire disc and follow up the procedure with a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. This surgery inserts an artificial disc into the empty space in the spine to offer support and stabilization. Often, patients with severe disc damage will be recommended to receive a discectomy and stabilization procedure.

To learn more about the minimally invasive disc surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our spine care team can review your MRI report or CT scan and help you find the best treatment option for relief of your pain and symptoms.