Spinal disc replacement surgery
Spinal disc replacement surgery is often a last resort treatment method for a spinal disc condition that is still causing painful symptoms despite the patient fully pursuing a course of conservative treatments.
Conditions such as degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc or a bulging disc can cause debilitating pain when the damaged disc puts pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord. While conservative treatments are very often effective in relieving pain and other symptoms, spine surgery can offer the best chance of relief and spinal stability for others who have not had success pursuing a nonsurgical treatment plan.
Options for spine surgery
While some surgical procedures may only require removal of a small amount of disc material that is putting pressure on a spinal nerve, full disc removal may be required in cases of severe disc degeneration. However, there are many surgical methods to remove the damaged disc and stabilize the spine. For years, the only option was a traditional spinal fusion. This procedure requires fusing together the two vertebrae on either side of the damaged disc using bone graft material and hardware such as rods and screws. Although a fusion can relieve nerve compression and stabilize the spinal segment, drawbacks of this approach include a lack of flexibility and added stress to neighboring sections of the spine.
With advancements in medical technology and surgical technique, it is now possible for surgeons to perform an artificial disc replacement instead of a fusion in certain cases. After removing the damaged disc, the surgeon will replace it with an implant that helps the surrounding vertebrae maintain their flexibility while still providing stability and relief from nerve compression. While this type of procedure is not appropriate for everyone requiring full disc removal, it is important for patients considering spine surgery to be aware of the full range of options available to them. For example, patients dealing with a damaged disc in the cervical (upper) spine may be a potential candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive cervical disc replacement.
Minimally invasive cervical disc replacement
Laser Spine Institute performs a number of minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are an outpatient alternative to traditional open spinal fusion surgery. By using muscle-sparing techniques, we can access the spine with a small incision that allows for a streamlined experience for our patients.
For our cervical disc replacement, the damaged disc is removed through a procedure called a minimally invasive discectomy. A stabilization procedure immediately follows, in which the artificial disc is inserted into the spine where the damaged disc used to rest. The artificial disc will help the spine to maintain the proper alignment and spacing and allow for the natural movement of the upper spine. To learn more about how our procedures, including minimally invasive disc replacement surgery, at Laser Spine Institute can help you find relief from a damaged disc in your spine, contact our dedicated team today
We can perform a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.