Five things to know before receiving prolapsed disc surgery

Before choosing prolapsed disc surgery, consider these five points to help you decide if you are making a good and informed decision regarding your health and taking the right steps to relieve your pain.

Five things to know before undergoing prolapsed disc surgery

  1. Try conservative treatment first. Most people suffering from painful symptoms of a prolapsed disc find symptom relief with a combination of conservative treatment options. Conservative treatment options for a prolapsed disc include rest, massage, heat and ice therapy, exercise and stretching, physical therapy, pain medication, steroid injections and chiropractic care. Prolapsed disc surgery is typically only recommended in severe cases or as a last resort if conservative treatment is unsuccessful after several months.
  2. Get a second opinion. As with any serious medical condition or the decision to undergo surgery, it is recommended that you get a second opinion from a reputable medical professional. Take ownership of your health and the important decisions that must be made. Make sure you feel 100% comfortable with the diagnosis and treatment plan before proceeding.
  3. Discuss the differences between open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Traditional open spine surgery uses general anesthesia, requires a two- to five-day hospital stay, has an increased risk of infection^, has a longer recovery time^ and the surgeon cuts through muscles and soft tissue leading to scarring. In contrast, minimally invasive spine surgery uses local anesthesia, is performed as an outpatient procedure, has a lower risk of infection, has a shorter recovery time and the surgeon uses a small incision and precision instrumentation to avoid damage to surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Contact Laser Spine Institute to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery.
  4. Know the risks. All surgery has some risk. Minimally invasive surgery helps to minimize the risks of surgery. Risks include infection, bleeding and nerve damage.
  5. Plan for the recovery period. For most patients who undergo minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery, they are able to return to everyday activities and work within three months of surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific postoperative instructions on activities that you can and can’t participate in. Your surgeon will also include instructions on physical therapy and medication. If possible, plan for a friend or family member to help you out during your recovery period.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a review of your MRI at no-cost* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgeries, and to learn more about prolapsed disc surgery.