Slipped disc surgery
Slipped disc surgery is typically recommended to treat chronic neck or back pain after conservative, nonsurgical treatments have been sufficiently exhausted. Operations like disc arthroplasty, spinal fusion or a minimally invasive discectomy may all be used to manage symptoms from nerve compression.
Slipped disc surgery is almost always an elective procedure that can relieve pain or neurological symptoms, but, when performed as an open spine procedure, can also carry a number of risks that need to be considered before you undergo one. If you are considering slipped disc surgery because pain and limited mobility have affected your life, it is important to be aware of all options — both surgical and conservative — so you can have the best chance of getting back to the activities and people you love.
Conservative treatment for a slipped disc
Normally, if you are diagnosed with a disc issue like a slipped, bulging or herniated disc, a physician will first attempt to manage any pain with a conservative treatment plan. This can include pain medication, exercise, heating pads and ice packs.
Physicians and spine specialists can also recommend more involved options like physical rehabilitative therapy and epidural steroid injections. Some patients also choose to pursue alternative treatments like acupuncture and chiropractic adjustment if months of more conventional treatment do not bring relief.
Slipped disc surgery is usually seen as a last resort option because accessing the spine to decompress nerves affected by a slipped disc requires a large incision that can cut or tear critical supporting muscles. The effects of this include overnight hospitalization, risk of infection, scarring and a long, often painful, recovery period.
Laser Spine Institute’s surgical alternative
If you have been putting off the decision to undergo surgery because of the risks and difficulties involved, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our highly skilled surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to invasive traditional open back procedures. Some advantages of these minimally invasive disc surgeries include:
- Surgeons use a smaller incision, often less than 1 inch, to access the spine
- The operation is outpatient, helping patients avoid hospital-associated costs and lowering the risk of infection
- Patients experience a shorter recovery period with less scarring^ than traditional surgery
To learn more about slipped disc surgery and the other minimally invasive spine procedures available at Laser Spine Institute, contact our staff today. We will provide you with a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* and help you determine whether you are a candidate for one of our spine procedures.