Laser Spine Institute Treatment Options for a Ruptured Disc

At Laser Spine Institute, we have many treatment options for a patient with a ruptured disc. Depending on the individual’s specific prognosis, we may approach surgery in several different ways, but regardless of the procedure used, our patients can rest assured that they will go home or back to their hotel the same day as surgery. That’s because our procedures are minimally invasive in nature and conducted on an outpatient basis.

What is a ruptured disc?

The term “ruptured disc” refers to a situation where a tear has developed in the wall of an intervertebral disc. This tear can be painful in and of itself and can also allow disc material to seep into the spinal canal. When this extruded disc material comes in contact with the spinal cord or any of the surrounding nerve infrastructure, a variety of pain-related symptoms can develop. This condition is also often known as a herniated disc, but differs from a bulging disc in that bulging discs are structurally intact.

In order to treat the symptoms of a ruptured disc, the location of the problem must be identified and the cause of the patient’s symptoms must be known. In some instances, removing the source of nerve constriction will alleviate the patient’s symptoms. In other cases, the deteriorated disc may need to be removed and replaced with bone graft material to ensure long-term spine stability. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several different treatment options for a ruptured disc, including:

  • Discectomy – the removal of part of a ruptured disc
  • Laminotomy or foraminotomy – the widening of space in the spinal canal or foraminal canals to alleviate nerve compression
  • Minimally invasive stabilization – the removal of a damaged disc and subsequent stabilization of a spinal segment in the most advanced cases

The benefits

The appeal to the procedures that we offer at Laser Spine Institute is they are designed to be as minimally invasive as possible. We require very small initial incisions and push muscle tissue aside rather than cutting it, which limits the risks for postsurgical complications like infection and muscle damage. To learn more about how we might be able to address your ruptured disc, contact us and request a review of your recent MRI.