Herniated disc surgery
The decision to undergo herniated disc surgery is usually made when neck or back pain has not responded to conservative treatment methods.
For many patients, the pain and symptoms of a herniated disc can be effectively managed with nonsurgical treatments. However, sometimes the symptoms become severe enough to need surgical intervention. If you have a herniated disc and you’ve been recommended for spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the minimally invasive options that may be available to you.
Traditional open spine herniated disc surgery
Historically, spine surgery has been an open neck or back procedure. A traditional open back surgery involves the herniated disc being partially removed through a large incision. This incision, often six or more inches long, cuts through the surrounding core muscles that help to support the spine.
Because traditional open spine surgery is so invasive, there are several increased risks that come along with this type of procedure. For example, after open back surgery, a patient can expect several nights of hospitalization, increased risk of infection, a lengthy recovery and an increased risk of failed back surgery syndrome when compared to minimally invasive spine surgery.
However, patients don’t have to choose this highly invasive procedure to find relief for neck or back pain. There are minimally invasive outpatient procedures that hold many advantages as an alternative to traditional open spine surgery.
Benefits of minimally invasive herniated disc surgery
Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that is often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open spine surgery.
Our minimally invasive herniated disc surgery, which is a procedure known as a discectomy, is performed through a small incision, usually less than one inch in length. During this procedure, a surgeon carefully removes the piece of the herniated disc that is causing nerve compression and pain. Using muscle-sparing techniques, our skilled surgeons help our patients avoid the lengthy recovery often associated with traditional open spine procedures.^
Some other advantages of minimally invasive herniated disc surgery include:
- A smaller incision than open spine surgery
- Much quicker rehabilitation^
- Fewer risks than open spine surgery