Traditional versus minimally invasive treatment options for a herniated disc

If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you’re probably concerned about the best course of treatment for your condition. This is a common thought for many people and it deserves a conversation with your physician so you can determine whether surgical intervention is necessary.

Only a small percentage of patients who are diagnosed with herniated discs and other degenerative spine conditions require surgical treatment. Many patients are able to relieve their symptoms of pain with conservative treatments, including anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), physical therapy and epidural steroids.

Even if you have exhausted all conservative treatment options and still have not found pain relief, there may be a way for you to avoid the unnecessary increased risks and recovery time associated with traditional open back fusion. If you are a candidate for Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive stabilization surgery outlined below, you have the opportunity to choose a procedure that’s a safer and effective alternative to traditional spinal fusion.^

Spinal fusion treatment versus stabilization surgery

Before agreeing to any type of spinal fusion treatment, you should understand the techniques used in both procedures in order to help you make a confident decision about your spine care treatment. For instance, while spinal fusion treatment requires a large incision that cuts through and disrupts the muscles surrounding the spine, the outpatient procedures at Laser Spine Institute are performed through a less than 1-inch incision using muscle-sparing techniques. This approach is what shortens the recovery time and reduces hospital-associated costs^ compared to traditional open back surgery.

Traditional spinal fusion treatment for a herniated disc uses bulky hardware to fuse the damaged section of the spine together, which limits the spine’s mobility in that specific section and results in a risk of complication of 16.4 percent. To help reduce these risks, a minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute removes the herniated disc and replaces it with an artificial one. Thus, this increases the chance of the spine maintaining some of its natural mobility as well as decreases the risk of complication to a rate of 3 percent.^

Learn more about alternatives to spinal fusion treatment

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain since 2005. Contact us today if you’d like more information about our minimally invasive alternatives to traditional spinal fusion treatment. We offer a no-cost MRI review* and are determined to help guide you toward the next step on your journey to pain relief.