How can spinal fusion treat a herniated disc?

If you have a herniated disc and have exhausted nonsurgical treatments, you may have been recommended to undergo spinal fusion. Spinal fusion surgery may be appropriate for people who have undergone weeks or months of medication, physical therapy, yet still experience pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness without experiencing the relief necessary for a good quality of life. This type of procedure also treats other degenerative spine conditions, including spinal arthritis and spondylolisthesis, when greater stabilization is needed after decompressing a nerve structure.

Why is fusion necessary?

Most symptoms of a herniated disc are caused by compression of a spinal nerve, nerve root or the spinal cord. Patients elect to undergo spinal fusion surgery in order to decompress the affected neural structure through the removal of the herniated disc. During this procedure, the surgeon inserts an implant into the now empty space and adds bone graft material to fuse the implant to the vertebrae located immediately above and below.

How long does it take to recover from a spinal fusion surgery?

With traditional open spine surgery, patients can expect an overnight hospital stay and several months of recovery. This type of operation is performed through a large incision that disrupts musculature, making for a lengthy and potentially difficult rehabilitation. With new advancements in technology, Laser Spine Institute is able to perform spinal fusion surgeries as minimally invasive outpatient procedures. These surgeries require a small incision, sparing the muscles from excessive cutting or tearing. Not only does this technique positively influence recovery time, Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures pose a lower risk for infection and other postsurgical complications.^

Laser Spine Institute’s surgeons have treated more than 75,000 patients since 2005. If nonsurgical treatment has done little to relieve your herniated disc symptoms after several weeks or months and your physician has recommended surgery, you might be a candidate for one of Laser Spine Institute’s state-of-the-art procedures. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more.

We can help you receive your free MRI review* to find out if you’re a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.