Five common types of slipped disc surgery

If conservative treatment options have failed to control your symptoms, slipped disc surgery will likely be recommended. Depending on the location of your slipped disc and the extent of the damage to the disc and surrounding anatomy, your surgeon will perform one or more of the following procedures to relieve your painful symptoms.

Five common types of slipped disc surgery

  1. Foraminotomy. A foraminotomy is a decompression surgery that helps to relieve pain. The foramina is the passageway located on both sides of the vertebrae that allows the nerve roots to travel from the spinal cord to other areas of the body. If the foramina is obstructed or too narrow, it can cause painful symptoms. During a foraminotomy, the surgeon removes whatever tissue is compressing the nerve in the foramina.
  2. Laminotomy. The laminas, which are the small bones at the back of each vertebra, form the back wall of the spinal canal that houses the spinal cord. During a laminotomy, the surgeon removes the portion of the lamina that is putting pressure on the nerve or spinal cord.
  3. Discectomy. During a discectomy, the surgeon will remove a portion of the slipped disc that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. A discectomy helps to decompress the nerve, relieving painful symptoms.
  4. Cervical disc replacement. If the spinal disc is diseased or badly degenerated, the surgeon will remove the disc and replace it with an artificial disc to add cushion between the vertebrae and stabilize the spine.
  5. Spinal fusion. This procedure helps to stabilize the spine and relieve pain. The surgeon removes a portion of the slipped disc or bone that is causing nerve pain. Next, an implant is inserted to stabilize the spine.

All of the procedures discussed above can be performed via traditional open spine surgery or as minimally invasive spine surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive procedures have many advantages compared to open spine surgery. Our procedures have no lengthy recovery^, are performed as an outpatient procedure and have a low infection rate.

Contact Laser Spine Institute and ask for a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive slipped disc surgery. At Laser Spine Institute, our highly trained surgeons have dedicated their careers to performing minimally invasive spine surgery and helping our patients find symptom relief. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from pain.