Minimally invasive treatment options for a herniated disc
A herniated disc occurs when the vertebrae of the spine compress a disc in between them, causing the tough outer layer of the disc to tear and leak its inner disc fluid into the spinal canal. If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, you may be experiencing chronic pain in the back and extremities, as well as numbness, tingling and weakness. For many patients with severely herniated discs, conservative treatments like physical therapy and chiropractic care may not have produced any lasting pain relief.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the frustration and helplessness that you feel after months and years of treatment with no pain relief. Instead of simply treating your symptoms of pain and discomfort, our goal is to treat your condition at the source of the problem — the herniated disc in your spine. Although some patients may feel hesitant toward spine surgery, at Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^
Our minimally invasive surgery uses muscle-sparing techniques that allow our patients to experience a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open back surgery. We encourage you to research our minimally invasive procedures to treat a herniated disc in the spine and contact our team with any questions, so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment option for your needs.
Minimally invasive procedures available to treat a herniated disc
We offer two types of surgery to treat a herniated disc — a minimally invasive decompression surgery and a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. The type of surgery you receive will be based on the location and severity of your herniated disc. Through a free MRI review,* our team will be able to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your specific condition.
Minimally invasive decompression surgery
Our minimally invasive decompression surgery is generally used to treat milder instances of herniated discs. During this procedure, our board-certified surgeons+ will make a less than 1-inch incision along the spine. The damaged portion of the disc will be partially removed, allowing the impacted nerve in the spinal canal to be freed. Two of our most commonly performed minimally invasive decompression surgeries to treat herniated discs are a discectomy and a laminotomy.
Minimally invasive stabilization surgery
During this procedure to treat a herniated disc, the surgeon would make a small incision, that does not disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine. Once the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the herniated disc that is compressing the nerve in the spinal canal. After the disc is removed, an implant will be inserted into the empty disc space to stabilize the spine.
All of our minimally invasive surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, which means our patients can return to their hotel the same day as the surgery was performed, as long as they are under the supervision of a Care Partner. Patients are also encouraged to be up and walking within just a few hours of surgery.^
More information about our minimally invasive surgery for herniated discs
As you continue to research treatment options for your herniated disc, we encourage you to reach out to our dedicated team with any questions. We can help you learn whether you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive herniated disc procedures and help you find the best solution to regain your quality of life from your condition.