Bulging disc surgery overview

Bulging disc surgery is often used as a last resort for patients who have not found relief after several weeks or months of conservative treatments for their bulging disc pain and discomfort. If you have been diagnosed with a bulging disc, which is a disc that has extended beyond the normal alignment of the spine, and you have exhausted all nonsurgical options, you may find yourself facing a decision about bulging disc surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that this decision is not to be taken lightly. In fact, we encourage our patients to research and ask questions about the treatments available to them in hopes that there may be a less risky alternative option. One of these alternative surgery options is the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at our state-of-the-art facilities. Our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization surgery is a safer and effective alternative^ to a traditional open back surgery and fusion.

Minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization for a bulging disc

Unlike traditional open back surgery that requires the muscles near the spine to be cut, torn and detached, our minimally invasive techniques are able to access the spine through a less than 1-inch incision that does not move the surrounding muscles. This allows our patients to experience less surgical blood loss and a reduced risk of infection^ — risks that patients who undergo traditional open back surgery are more susceptible to.

For candidates of our outpatient bulging disc surgery, our board-certified+ surgeons will remove a small portion of the damaged disc. This will both relieve tension on the pinched nerve root that is causing the pain and maintains the stability of the spine. For patients with a severely bulging disc, our surgeons will remove the entire disc and replace it with an artificial disc implant through our minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

Advantages of minimally invasive bulging disc surgery

This artificial disc will add stability to the spine while still allowing for a full range of motion after surgery, unlike traditional open back fusion that permanently attaches two or more vertebrae with a metal cage and screws. Some of the advantages of minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute include:

  • Patient satisfaction score of 98^
  • Small muscle-sparing incision
  • Shorter recovery time^
  • Reduced hospital-associated costs^
  • Patient recommendation score of 98 out of 100 ^

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped thousands of patients each year find relief from chronic neck or back conditions, such as bulging discs. Contact our dedicated team today for a free MRI review* and find out if our minimally invasive procedures can help you find pain relief.