Slipped disc treatment at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery to treat the condition sometimes called a slipped disc. Slipped disc is a nonmedical term that is often used to refer to a herniated disc, but could also describe a bulging disc or spondylolisthesis, which is vertebral slippage. Patients diagnosed with a condition affecting the spinal discs are first advised to explore all conservative treatment options prior to consenting to any type of surgery.

Because slipped disc symptoms are often treatable with nonsurgical approaches, surgery is generally recommended only for those who have exhausted conservative treatments. Slipped disc surgery is designed to address severe and debilitating symptoms through the removal of displaced spinal anatomy that is compressing a nerve in the spinal column.

Traditional open spine surgery to treat a slipped disc must be performed in a hospital environment. A surgeon will typically make a large incision, which involves the disruption of surrounding musculature, in order to gain access to the affected disc. Rehabilitation and recovery potentially can be difficult, sometimes taking up to several months to complete.

Minimally invasive treatment options for a slipped disc

As an alternative to traditional open spine procedures, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery. To address the symptoms of a slipped disc, the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute can perform the following minimally invasive procedures:

  • Discectomy — the removal of part of a damaged spinal disc to relieve pressure on a nearby nerve root or the spinal cord
  • Laminotomy — the removal of a portion of a lamina, which is a portion of a vertebra, to open up space within the spinal canal and release compressed nerves
  • Foraminotomy — the widening of a foraminal opening to provide more space for a compressed nerve root
  • Minimally invasive stabilization/fusion — for more advanced cases of disc degeneration, these procedures are an alternative to traditional fusion surgery

The minimally invasive advantage

If you’ve been recommended surgery for your condition, you might consider the treatment options at Laser Spine Institute. Performed in an outpatient setting, our minimally invasive procedures involve muscle-sparing techniques that allow for a shorter recovery time compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

To learn more, please contact us today. Our team is happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.