Surgery for a herniated disc

Surgery for a herniated disc is usually considered only when conservative options do not bring pain relief and a return to your normal lifestyle. In fact, a herniated disc doesn’t always cause symptoms, but if any disc material comes into contact with nerve tissue in the spine, debilitating pain can occur.

Commonly experienced symptoms like burning pain, numbness and muscle weakness can be treated conservatively in many cases with physical therapy, spinal injections and other options. If you and your doctor are considering surgery, it is important to know the options in front of you. This knowledge can help you make a decision with the greatest chance of lasting pain relief and a high quality of life. Please reach out to our caring and dedicated team at any time if you have any questions and to learn more about the treatment options available to you.

Types of surgery for a herniated disc

There are basically two categories of herniated disc surgery — traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. While the goal is the same, there are some key differences:

  • Traditional open spine surgery. This type of procedure requires large, muscle-severing incisions to gain access to the disc and remove the material compressing the nerves. This means overnight hospitalization, long recovery periods and higher risk of infection, scarring and other complications.
  • Minimally invasive procedures. This type of procedure uses advanced imaging technology so the surgeon only has to make a small, muscle-sparing incision to access and remove disc material. These techniques allow minimally invasive procedures to be performed on an outpatient basis, offering patients a shorter recovery^ and better outcomes.

The leader in minimally invasive spine surgery

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, having helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005. Our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional procedures.^ To learn more, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

Our dedicated team can help you receive a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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