Fragmented disc surgery

Patients may choose to undergo fragmented disc surgery when all forms of nonsurgical treatment have failed to provide pain relief for their degenerative spine condition.

Fragmented disc surgery treats a disc that has bulged and damaged to the point of breaking open, causing the tough outer layer of the disc to fragment and impact a local nerve root. While conservative treatments may help reduce the pain of a mildly damaged disc, fragmented discs often require more advanced treatment to mend the disc and decompress the pinched nerve.

For many patients, the idea of spine surgery is a last resort form of treatment, and the decision to undergo surgery is often accompanied by fear and anxiety. At Laser Spine Institute, we recognize that deciding on spine surgery is difficult and should be handled with care. That is why our spine care team helps patients find information about the various types of disc surgery available so they can make a confident decision about their spine care needs.

For example, we like to make sure our patients know that there is a safer, more effective treatment option than traditional open back surgery. Patients no longer have to settle for the unnecessarily increased risks of traditional open back surgery; the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers lower risk and shorter recovery time^ for patients with degenerative spine conditions or injuries.

The minimally invasive difference

The main difference between our minimally invasive surgery and traditional open back surgery is the approach to the spine.
Where open back surgery requires a large initial cut, muscle disruption and tissue trauma, our minimally invasive surgery requires a small incision that does not touch the surrounding muscles or ligaments. The gaping incision used during traditional surgery increases a patient’s risk of infection and increased blood loss, and the tearing of local muscles increases a patient’s recovery time and risk of complications.

Our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedure helps treat patients with fragmented disc disease by removing the damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. This will maintain the support and stability in the spine, and still allow for movement and flexibility after surgery. The treatment is that simple.

To learn more about minimally invasive spine procedures for the treatment of fragmented discs, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We would be glad to provide an MRI review and answer any questions that you have.