Compressed disc surgery

Compressed disc surgery can become necessary when one or more of the rubbery discs that cushion the spine have become worn and flattened. This deterioration can allow the vertebrae on the top and bottom of the compressed disc to rub together, which can compress a nerve or lead to the development of a bone spur. In many cases, symptoms caused by a compressed disc can be managed through conservative treatment, but should pain persist, surgery may be considered.

Causes and symptoms of a compressed disc

A compressed disc occurs when the walls of a spinal disc weaken and lose their structural integrity. As a result, the disc protrudes from its normal radius, which may cause nerve compression and painful symptoms. The goal of compressed disc surgery is to decompress the nerves by removing the source of irritation.

Common symptoms of a compressed disc include:

  • Local neck or back pain
  • Shooting pain along the length of the affected nerve
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms or legs

When compressed disc surgery becomes an option

Most of these symptoms can normally be managed with doctor-recommended exercise, diet, heat packs and pain medication. Physical therapy and epidural steroid injections can also be recommended. Your doctor may begin to discuss disc surgery with you if weeks or months of conservative treatments do not improve symptoms. In this case, patients should consider minimally invasive spine surgery from Laser Spine Institute as an alternative to highly invasive traditional open spine compressed disc surgery.

By using muscle-sparing techniques like a less than 1-inch incision, the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are able to help patients find relief without the lengthy recovery^ and risk of complication that can come with traditional open back compressed disc surgery.

To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.