Surgery and alternatives for a torn disc

A torn disc occurs when the tough outer layer of a disc ruptures. This can become painful for many patients if the disc’s gel-like center leaks through the tear and enters the spinal canal. If the pain and discomfort caused by this condition continue for several weeks or months, despite conservative treatments such as pain medication and physical therapy, a physician may recommend torn disc surgery. To learn about the risks associated with a traditional torn disc surgery as well as the surgical alternatives available, read the following article.

Risks of traditional torn disc surgery

As with most medical procedures, traditional open back surgery presents certain risks. Before deciding on surgery, patients should consider the following downsides:

  • Large 6- to 8-inch incision
  • Muscles are cut and torn
  • Two- to five-day hospital stay
  • Excessive scar tissue
  • Recovery between six months to a year
  • Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)
  • High risk of infection and complication

For some, the idea of a life without neck or back pain is simply too appealing for surgery not to be considered. Patients should weigh the risks and benefits of traditional open back surgery with a qualified physician to ensure the proper course of treatment is established.

Alternatives to traditional torn disc surgery

Those who are unwilling to face the risks or lengthy recovery time required by an open neck or back surgery may want to consider the minimally invasive procedures performed by the board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and provide lower risks of infection and complication as well as shorter recovery periods compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ Contact us to learn more about these procedures.

At Laser Spine Institute, our procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients to find relief from neck or back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient torn disc surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help guide you on your journey to wellness.