Herniated disc replacement
A herniated disc occurs when a disc in the spine becomes compressed between two vertebrae, causing it to tear open and expand outside of the natural alignment of the spine. While this condition can sometimes go unrecognized, the symptoms of pain and discomfort are often debilitating.
If you are suffering from a herniated disc in your neck or back, you understand the pain and frustration of this condition. You may no longer be able to do the activities and hobbies you enjoy, and in some cases daily activities such as walking or standing for extended periods may now be difficult.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your pain. Unfortunately, a herniated disc is a common spine condition and many people experience the pain and symptoms associated with it. That is why we strive to reach people in pain and help treat this condition with our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization. We realize that spine surgery is a big decision, which is why we offer a safer, more effective alternative to traditional spinal fusion to help our patients have peace of mind about the treatment decision. Our procedures are proven to have a lower risk and higher patient satisfaction rate than traditional open back surgery, allowing our patients to choose a treatment for their herniated disc with confidence.
What to expect during a herniated disc replacement
Traditionally, patients with a herniated disc who did not respond to conservative treatment were recommended to undergo traditional open back surgery and sometimes fusion. This is a highly invasive procedure that begins with the detachment of the muscles around the spine and ends with a small metal cage permanently fusing the two vertebrae around the herniated disc.
Because of the highly invasive and destructive approach to the spine, traditional open back fusion unnecessarily increases a patient’s risk of infection and postoperative complication, including the risk of developing failed back surgery syndrome.
With Laser Spine Institute, patients have another option for surgical treatment. Laser Spine Institute, we offer a minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization that simply replaces the herniated disc with an artificial disc. In some cases, bone graft from the patient’s own body is used in addition to stabilize the spine. This is all performed through a small, muscle-sparing incision to decrease the risk of infection and shorten the average recovery time.*
For more information about the advantages of our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization surgery, please contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our spine care experts can review your MRI report and determine your candidacy for one of our procedures.