What is micro disc surgery?

Micro disc surgery, which is also known as microdiscectomy, is a procedure that has been developed as an alternative to traditional open back surgery. Used to treat severe neck and back pain, micro disc surgery is typically seen as a last resort for individuals who have not responded to a period of conservative treatments such as pain medication, chiropractic care and physical therapy. In this case, when a herniated or bulging disc has compressed a nerve root or spinal cord and is causing chronic pain, a microdiscectomy surgery may be the best treatment option available.

At Laser Spine Institute, we do not take the decision to undergo spine surgery lightly. We understand that this decision probably came from a period of careful thought and even some fear. Our team wants you to know that you may be able to avoid some of the unnecessary risks involved with traditional open back surgery. We want our patients to feel confident about the treatment they are receiving, which is why our minimally invasive spine surgery offers safer and effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery.^ To learn more about micro disc procedures, contact us today.

Minimally invasive microdiscectomy procedure

The purpose of disc surgery is to release the pressure on a nerve root due to a herniated disc, bulging disc or otherwise damaged disc. To accomplish nerve decompression, spine surgeons have historically performed a traditional open spine fusion, wherein the damaged disc is removed and the vertebrae are fused together. Recently, disc replacement surgery has become a viable option, in which the surgeon replaces the damaged disc with an artificial disc. However, both procedures, when performed as traditional open spine procedures, are highly invasive and require lengthy recovery and rehabilitation.

In contrast, micro disc surgery from Laser Spine Institute is much less invasive and is more precise than open spine fusion or open back disc replacement surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon uses a laser to remove a portion of the symptomatic disc that is causing the nerve compression, allowing for unmatched precision and accuracy as well as minimal disruption of the areas surrounding the spine. Micro disc surgery is an outpatient procedure, which means a shorter recovery than traditional open spine surgery.^ In fact, our patients are able to be up and walking within just a few hours of surgery.^

Learn more about how Laser Spine Institute can help

At Laser Spine Institute, we have performed more than 100,000 patient procedures since 2005, and we are confident that we can help you on the road to recovery. To learn about what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and find out if you are a potential candidate for our micro disc surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help you quickly recapture your quality of life from your chronic neck and back pain, so you can get back to the activities you love.