How to alleviate the symptoms of a herniated disc

Depending upon the location and severity of your herniated disc, one of our minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute may be appropriate for you. Lateral lumbar interbody fusion 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 other symptoms related to a herniated disc.

Our dedication to minimally invasive procedures has made Laser Spine Institute the largest spine surgery center in the world. 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 reach out to our Care Team with your questions.

How 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 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. Surgeons access the spine through small incisions on the side of the body. This procedure avoids the disrupting or stripping of soft tissue and muscle that is required during other spine fusion procedures. Screws are inserted into the bone and attached by mini-connecting rods to achieve stabilization.

Who should consider surgery?

Thousands of adults have experienced the pain and frustration of a herniated disc. Many are unable to manage the symptoms through exercise, medication and other conservative methods. If you are suffering from 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, enjoying time with family, or other activities, our procedures can help you return back to your daily activities and hobbies. Call today for your MRI review to see if you are a candidate for our surgery.