How to alleviate the symptoms of a herniated disc

Depending on the location and severity of your herniated disc, one of the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute may be appropriate for you. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) is one method of stabilization for a damaged or degenerative disc in the lower back (lumbar). Lateral lumbar interbody fusion helps relieve chronic pain and discomfort associated with a herniated disc.

Our dedication to our patients and minimally invasive techniques has made Laser Spine Institute the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. We have a patient satisfaction score of 96 and patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100.^ To hear more about the advantages of our minimally invasive outpatient procedures, we encourage you to contact our team with any questions.

How herniated disc stabilization is achieved

Lateral lumbar interbody fusion, performed at Laser Spine Institute, has the same basic goals as traditional spinal fusion — symptom relief and stabilization. The difference is that our procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, with no lengthy recovery and a lower risk of complication.^

The source of back pain and other symptoms is usually related to spinal nerve compression. In the lower back (lumbar), a compressed nerve often causes shooting pain in the lower back, buttocks and legs. In severe cases of a herniated disc, numbness and tingling can arise in the legs and feet. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion treats these symptoms by first removing the disc causing the nerve compression and replacing it with an implant.

Our herniated disc stabilization is performed by accessing the spine through small incisions on the side of the body. This procedure avoids the unnecessary disruption of the muscles or soft tissue surrounding the spine, which is required during other spine fusion procedures. Our board-certified surgeons+ then insert screws into the bone, which are attached by connecting rods to achieve stabilization.

Who should consider herniated disc stabilization surgery?

For many adults suffering from this frustrating condition, the symptoms of a herniated disc are often unable to be managed through conservative treatments like low-impact exercise, pain medication and chiropractic care. If you are experiencing debilitating back pain caused by a herniated disc, you may want to consider a surgical treatment option for your pain.

Whether your goals are simply returning to work, walking, running, housework, golf or enjoying time with family, our procedures can help you get back to your daily activities and hobbies. Ask us for a free MRI review* today to see if you are a candidate for our herniated disc surgery. We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.