Herniated disc — surgical treatment for herniated disc

Patients who have been diagnosed with a herniated disc have several treatment options available to reduce the pain associated with this spine condition, including surgery. While most mild instances of a herniated disc can be effectively treated with conservative therapies, such as chiropractic care and physical therapy, more severe cases may require herniated disc surgery for more permanent pain relief.

For many patients who have been diagnosed with a severe herniated disc, the idea of surgery to treat the condition can be overwhelming. In many cases, neck or back surgery is considered a last resort when searching for pain relief from spine conditions.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand your hesitancy to undergo herniated disc surgery. Many patients have researched the risks and extended recovery time associated with traditional open back surgery, and have decided that they would rather live in pain than go through with an open back surgery. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is designed to help patients find relief through a safer means of treatment than traditional open back surgery, and experience a shorter recovery time.§

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc and have been advised to undergo spine surgery to treat your condition, we encourage you to reach out to our Care Team to learn about the surgical options available to you. We are here to guide you through the treatment process so you can make the best decision for your spine health.

Herniated disc surgery — the traditional open back approach

One option for herniated disc surgery is traditional open back surgery. Traditional open back surgery takes place in a hospital setting and requires several days of postoperative hospitalization to monitor your recovery. Part of the reason why patients are required to stay extra days in the hospital is that traditional open back surgery is highly invasive and involves more risks than other forms of surgery.

During an open spine herniated disc surgery, the surgeon will make a large incision across the back, cutting through the surrounding muscles to access the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the herniated disc and decompress the impacted nerve root in the spinal canal. An implant will be inserted into the empty disc space to stabilize the spine.

The recovery time for a traditional open back herniated disc surgery is generally three to six months, though some patients take a full year to return to their daily activities.

Minimally invasive stabilization surgery to treat a herniated disc

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back herniated disc surgery. Our minimally invasive stabilization surgery is used to treat severe cases of herniated disc in an outpatient setting.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the back to access the spine, avoiding the surrounding muscles and tissues. Unlike traditional open back fusion, our minimally invasive stabilization surgery does not cut through surrounding muscles or tissues. This allows our patients to experience a shorter recovery time than patients who undergo traditional open back fusion.

Once the spine is accessed, the herniated disc is removed and the impacted nerve is decompressed. An implant is then inserted into the empty disc space to provide support and stabilization.

If you have any questions about the minimally invasive procedures we offer or the herniated disc surgery options available to you, please contact our Care Team. We are here to answer your questions so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

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