How can spinal fusion treat a herniated disc?

If you have a herniated disc and have already gone through the gamut of nonsurgical treatments, spinal fusion may be your only option. Spinal fusion surgery is appropriate for the minority of patients who have undergone weeks or months of medication and physical therapy, yet still experience pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness. Spinal fusion also treats several 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 impingement of a spinal nerve, nerve root or even the spinal cord itself. 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 vacated 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 arduous rehabilitation. With new advancements in technology, Laser Spine Institute is able to perform spinal fusion surgeries as minimally invasive, outpatient procedures. These surgeries require small incisions, sparing the muscles from being cut or torn. 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. This experiential advantage grows every week, leading to a higher level of expertise, as Laser Spine Institute helps thousands of patients get their lives back. 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 for your MRI review to find out if you’re a candidate.