Researching a herniated disc procedure
If you are dealing with a herniated disc and are considering surgery after exhausting conservative treatments, the amount of information you receive from researching your options can be overwhelming.
The following information can help you better understand the full range of treatments available for a herniated disc so you can make an informed decision about your care and have the best chance of finding the relief you deserve.
Nonsurgical treatments for a herniated disc
If you have been recommended to undergo a surgical procedure to treat a herniated disc, you should make sure that you and your doctor have thoroughly exhausted nonsurgical methods. The most commonly recommended treatments that should be attempted before consenting to undergo surgery include:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Corticosteroid injections
- Stretching and exercise
- Lifestyle changes like weight management, posture improvement and quitting smoking
Many people also work with their primary care doctor to attempt alternative treatments like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment and herbal remedies to make sure all avenues of relief have been explored. If several months of conservative or alternative treatments do not offer lasting pain relief, a herniated disc procedure may become a treatment option.
Types of herniated disc procedures
As you research herniated disc procedures, there are two main approaches to spine surgery you will likely encounter: traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Traditional open spine surgery typically involves a large incision that disrupts muscles in the neck or lower back to access a herniated disc.
A minimally invasive procedure takes a muscle-sparing approach by using a small incision and direct visualization technology to access the spine. This type of procedure, including those performed at Laser Spine Institute, can offer patients a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.
Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and we are committed to patient-centered care. If you’d like to learn more about minimally invasive spine surgery to treat a herniated disc, reach out to our dedicated team today. We offer a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.