Surgical treatment for a herniated disc

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, you may be looking up “hernia disc surgery” to learn about your options for treatment. Surgery is used to repair the damage of a herniated spinal disc. This type of surgery is often recommended after several weeks or months of conservative treatment has not provided lasting pain relief.

Like any surgery, a surgical procedure for a herniated disc comes with potential risks and benefits, so it’s important to research your surgical options thoroughly before moving forward with a procedure. Ask your doctor questions about your condition and the types of surgery available to you, such as traditional open spine or minimally invasive spine surgery.

As you research the types of herniated disc surgery available to you, we encourage you to contact our team with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or our minimally invasive spine surgery. We have performed more than 100,000 patient procedures since 2005 and are confident that we can help guide you through your journey to wellness.

Understanding your herniated disc

A herniated disc is a spinal disc that gets compressed until the gel-like center of the disc pushes against the tough outer wall and tears the surface of the disc’s exterior. The inner fluid can then leak into the spinal canal, putting pressure on a nearby nerve root. Even if fluid does not leak out, the protrusion of a herniated disc can press against a local nerve, creating debilitating symptoms.

The symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on severity, but they commonly include:

  • Pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Burning sensation

Depending on where the herniated disc is located, the symptoms could travel into the extremities. For example, a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine could cause these symptoms to travel from the lower back into the buttocks, legs and feet.

Benefits of minimally invasive herniated disc surgery

If your doctor has diagnosed you with a herniated disc, and you have not found any lasting pain relief from conservative treatments, you should ask your doctor about the benefits of minimally invasive herniated disc surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to treat herniated disc pain and discomfort.

Our minimally invasive discectomy procedure is used to remove a small portion of the damaged disc from the pinched nerve. This surgery is performed through a less than 1-inch incision. Because this incision is so small, our board-certified+ surgeons can reach the spine while sparing the surrounding muscles — a precaution not taken during traditional open neck or back surgery.

Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our patients can experience a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication than patients who choose traditional open neck or back surgery.^ Reach out to us today for a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures. We can talk you through your options and help you take the next step toward pain relief.