Herniated disc replacement
A herniated disc occurs when inner material from a spinal disc begins to push out through a tear or weak point in the outer layer. While this condition can sometimes go unrecognized, the symptoms of pain and discomfort can be debilitating if they do develop.
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. 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 them better understand the treatment options available to them, including our minimally invasive spine surgery. We realize that spine surgery is a big decision, which is why we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional spinal fusion to help our patients have peace of mind about their treatment decision.^
What to expect during a herniated disc replacement
Although surgery is usually seen as a last-resort treatment option for a herniated disc, it can become a serious consideration if a full course of conservative treatments has been attempted without bringing the relief necessary for a good quality of life. In the most severe cases of disc degeneration, the surgeon will perform a full removal of the damaged disc, which requires replacement of the empty disc space with an implant, to stabilize the region.
Traditionally, herniated disc replacement has been accomplished through a full open spinal fusion procedure that uses bone graft material and hardware such as a metal cage, rods and screws. Because of the highly invasive approach, traditional open back fusion can come with a relatively high risk of infection and postoperative complication, including the possibility of developing failed back surgery syndrome.^
Minimally invasive herniated disc surgery
With Laser Spine Institute, patients have another option for surgical treatment. The highly skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform a range of minimally invasive stabilization surgery that is an outpatient alternative to traditional fusion. One of our procedures is a disc replacement that simply replaces the herniated disc with an artificial disc. In some cases, bone graft from the patient’s own body is used to stabilize the spine. We perform all of our procedures 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. We can provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.