Overview of back surgery to treat a herniated disc

Herniated disc back surgery refers to any spine procedure used to treat the painful symptoms of a herniated disc, usually located in the lumbar (lower) spinal region.

While a herniated disc can be a severe condition, back surgery is not the only treatment option available. Many patients are able to find relief through a course of doctor-recommended conservative treatment. These nonsurgical treatment methods aim to relieve pressure on the herniated disc, improve spinal flexibility and support and help manage any pain a patient is experiencing.

If these treatments do not offer pain relief after several weeks or months, your doctor may recommend herniated disc back surgery for a more direct treatment option. At Laser Spine Institute we believe in helping you make a confident and informed decision about your spine care. In addition to reading the following information about herniated disc surgery, feel free to contact our caring team at any time to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures and our state-of-the-art facilities.

What to expect during a herniated disc back surgery

The purpose of herniated disc back surgery is to remove the piece of the herniated disc that is causing nerve compression and related pain and symptoms. In addition to traditional open spine approaches, there are now procedures that use minimally invasive techniques, including the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Traditional open herniated disc back surgery begins with a large incision in the back, usually about 3 to 6 inches long, to access the spine. This incision cuts through the large muscles that surround and support the spine, creating a longer recovery time after surgery while the muscles and spine heal. This often requires an overnight hospital stay of one or more nights.

The minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute allows patients to experience many advantages compared to traditional open spine surgery. These include:

  • A less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques
  • An outpatient procedure
  • Shorter recovery time and less risk of complication^
  • Board-certified surgeons+

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute

To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* and take the next step toward pain relief.