Is herniated disc surgery right for you?

A herniated disc is a condition that occurs when a disc in the spine becomes compressed and expands beyond its normal boundaries. In some cases, the disc may break, leaking inner disc fluid into the spinal canal. This could result in chronic pain in the back and extremities, as well as limited mobility and sharp pain during certain movements.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc, surgery may not be necessary. Many mild cases of a herniated disc respond effectively to conservative treatment methods, such as diet and exercise to reduce excess weight, chiropractic care, physical therapy and pain medication. Surgery is commonly saved as a last resort effort in the event that you are still experiencing symptoms after several weeks or months of conservative treatments.

After receiving a herniated disc diagnosis, we encourage you to research the treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs. Please contact our team if you have any questions about your condition or available treatment options. We are here to guide you through your journey to wellness.

Types of herniated disc surgery

If you have already undergone conservative treatment for your herniated disc and you have not found lasting pain relief, you may want to consider surgery to help treat your condition. There are two types of herniated disc surgeries available — traditional open back surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

Traditional open back surgery is a highly invasive procedure that involves a 6- to 8-inch incision that cuts through the muscles and soft tissue surrounding the spine. This large incision increases a patient’s risk of infection and excessive bleeding.

Cutting through the muscles extends a patient’s recovery time while the muscles rebuild and heal. Because of the highly invasive nature of the procedure, patients are required to stay at the hospital for two to five days to monitor your recovery.

Learn more about how Laser Spine Institute can help

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery that reduces hospital-associated costs and offers a shorter recovery time.^ Our minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery are both used to treat a herniated disc. The board-certified surgeons+ at our facility will determine the type of surgery to perform based on the severity of your condition and your physical examination. You will discuss the option with your surgeon at the beginning of your patient experience.

We perform the surgery as an outpatient procedure at one of our state-of-the-art facilities across the country. For more information about the minimally invasive surgery we offer and to find out if you are a potential candidate for our herniated disc surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help you recapture your quality of life from this chronic condition.

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