Minimally invasive stabilization options for a herniated disc

By Michael Perry, M.D.
A recurring herniated disc in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine can be frustrating, especially if it gives rise to chronic back pain and other symptoms. This chronic pain can lead to limited mobility, difficulty sitting or standing for long periods of time and general difficulty performing daily tasks.

If a damaged disc in the lower back has been particularly troublesome over a period of months or even years, and conservative treatments have been exhausted, you may have been recommended to consider surgery. For particularly severe cases of a herniated disc, the best surgical approach may be a fusion procedure that involves full disc removal and stabilization of the surrounding vertebrae with bone graft material.

One fusion procedure that is often performed is called transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, or TLIF. If you are considering this type of procedure but have concerns about the risks and difficulties associated with traditional open spine approaches, it is important to be aware of the full range of options. This includes minimally invasive stabilization surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute.

Minimally invasive TLIF to treat a herniated disc

Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion offers an outpatient alternative to traditional open back spinal fusions. With the same goals as traditional fusion — to relieve pressure on the compressed nerve and stabilize the spine — the minimally invasive stabilization surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^.

As you research the surgical options available to treat your lumbar herniated disc, you will discover many significant advantages of the minimally invasive TLIF procedure over traditional posterior spinal fusion surgery, including:

  • Outpatient surgery
  • Small incision
  • Less muscle disruption
  • Shorter recovery time^

When to consider TLIF for chronic lumbar herniated disc pain

Many patients are able to effectively treat the symptoms of a lumbar herniated disc through a series of conservative, nonsurgical treatment as directed by a doctor. These treatments often include physical therapy, pain medication and lifestyle changes and help a large number of people find lasting relief without the need for surgery.

If you are considering surgery for a herniated disc, contact us today to have your MRI or CT scan reviewed at no cost* by the team at Laser Spine Institute to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.