Is herniated disc surgery right for you?

Herniated disc is a spine condition that occurs when a disc in the spine becomes compressed and expands beyond its normal parameters in the spine. 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 excessive 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 pain and symptoms after months of conservative treatments.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, we encourage you to research the treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs. Please reach out to our Care 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 large incision that cuts through the muscles and soft tissue that surrounds 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 a couple extra days in the hospital for monitored recovery.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery that requires no overnight hospitalization and a shorter recovery time.^ Our minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery are both used to treat a herniated disc. The surgeon 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.

Due to the outpatient nature of our surgery, we perform the surgery as an outpatient procedure at one of our seven world-class surgery centers across the country.

For more information about the minimally invasive surgery we offer, please contact our Care Team at Laser Spine Institute.

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