Hernia disc surgery

Hernia disc surgery is used to repair the damage of a herniated spinal disc. This type of surgery is often recommend after several months or longer of conservative treatment has not provided lasting pain relief.

Like any surgery, a hernia disc surgery 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 hernia disc surgery available to you — such as traditional open spine or minimally invasive spine surgery — so you can be confident about your treatment choice.

Understanding your condition

A herniated disc is a spinal disc that gets compressed until the inner fluid of the disc (nucleus pulposus) pushes against the outer wall (annulus fibrosus) 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 the same symptoms of pain and discomfort.

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

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

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

Benefits of minimally invasive hernia 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 hernia disc surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to treat herniated disc pain and symptoms. 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 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.

Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures. We can talk through your options and help you take the next step toward pain relief.