When to consider compressed disc surgery

Compressed disc surgery can become necessary when one or more of the rubbery cushions (discs) of the spine have become worn and flattened, causing the disc to expand into the spinal canal. This deterioration can allow the vertebra 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, the symptoms outlined below, which are caused by a compressed disc, can be managed through conservative therapies. However, if the pain persists, surgery may be considered as an option.

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

When compressed disc surgery becomes an option

Most compressed disc 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 compressed disc surgery with you if weeks or months of nonsurgical treatments do not improve your symptoms. In this case, patients should consider minimally invasive spine surgery from Laser Spine Institute as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine compressed disc surgery,^ which is highly invasive.

If our dedicated team determines that you are a candidate for a compressed disc surgery after a no-cost MRI review,* the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute will be able to help you find relief. At Laser Spine Institute, our muscle-sparing procedures carry a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open spine compressed disc surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today so our team can help you make an informed decision about your spine care needs.