Fusion for Herniated Discs: Treatments and Surgery

Minimally invasive disc removal and spinal stabilization procedure for a herniated disc

A disc removal and spinal stabilization procedure almost always is considered the last resort for patients suffering from symptoms related to a herniated disc. In most cases, the symptoms caused by spinal nerve compression related to a herniated disc are manageable using a course of conservative, nonsurgical treatment. However, if conservative treatment proves ineffective after several weeks or months, a physician might recommend surgery as an option for treating symptoms.

The minimally invasive alternative

In years past, the only option for herniated disc patients who sought a disc removal and spinal stabilization procedure (spinal fusion) was traditional open back surgery. Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, now offers minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) procedures that are designed to achieve the same goal as open back spinal fusion without the added risks and drawbacks. The advantages of MIS at Laser Spine Institute compared to open spine surgery include that MIS:

  • Is performed in an outpatient setting
  • Smaller incision
  • Uses state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques
  • Involves minimal blood loss
  • Involves less risk of infection
  • Provides a quicker recovery
  • Involves less scarring

How MIS alleviates symptoms of a herniated disc

Patients who decide to undergo a disc removal and spinal stabilization procedure to alleviate symptoms related to a herniated disc typically are seeking relief from the pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness caused by spinal nerve compression. Relief is achieved through the complete removal of a damaged intervertebral disc, followed by the insertion of an implant and bone graft material to encourage tissue healing and bone production between adjacent vertebrae. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more.