Degenerative disc surgery

Degenerative disc surgery is often recommended when an individual’s neck or back pain is debilitating and hasn’t responded to conservative treatments. There are several ways to surgically treat a deteriorated disc, with spinal fusion being the standard traditional open back procedure. However, traditional open spinal fusion has a variety of risks and potential side effects that need to be fully considered before undergoing surgery.

Any form of open back degenerative disc surgery is invasive, and open spinal fusion is no exception. The basic premise of this procedure is that one of the soft, cushioning intervertebral discs in the spine has protruded and is causing nerve compression. To alleviate this nerve irritation, a spinal surgeon removes the symptomatic disc and then fuses the two adjacent vertebrae together with bone grafts.

This form of degenerative disc surgery has a number of notable potential risks:

  • Traditional open back surgery requires a large incision, muscle disruption and other tissue trauma
  • These open back surgeries lead to lengthy recovery and rehabilitation
  • Infection and the buildup of scar tissue are possible

The medical team at Laser Spine Institute is at the forefront of advanced, minimally invasive spine surgery, which is an effective form of disc surgery . This branch of orthopedics incorporates the advances in computer and laser technology and can be used to remove the exact piece of the disc that is causing neck or back pain. The result is less pain, greater success and a shorter recovery period.^

To learn more about your options for degenerative disc procedures, and for your MRI or CT scan review, contact Laser Spine Institute today.