How can minimally invasive surgery address your herniated disc symptoms?

Herniated disc surgery is generally regarded as a last resort if you have a herniated disc. When conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatories, chiropractic care, physical therapy, acupuncture and epidural steroids do not provide needed pain relief after several weeks or months, then your doctor may recommend surgical options. Since there are many types of procedures that are used to address damaged discs, it is an extremely good idea to be familiar with the full scope of choices in front of you through the information in the following article.

The goal of herniated disc surgery

The basic goal of any herniated disc surgery is almost always the same, regardless of the exact method used. The surgeon will usually make an incision along the spine to access the affected area. If the surgeon decides a different approach can provide better results, the incision may be made in the throat, abdomen or side of the body. From there, the surgeon will remove all or part of the damaged disc.

In less severe cases, only the portion of disc material pinching a nerve needs to be removed. But for more advanced disc damage, the entire disc can require removal. The objective of any surgery, however, is to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root in order to relieve symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, ultimately returning you to a better quality of life.

Surgical options available for herniated discs

There are many ways for herniated disc surgery to accomplish effective pain relief. Traditional open back surgeries require larger incisions and have some notable difficulties and risks, including a long and painful recovery period. They also require a costly two- to five-day overnight hospitalization, which can expose you to a risk of infection of up to 16 percent.^

Minimally invasive spine surgery provides a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^ The highly skilled surgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform a number of outpatient techniques that successfully treat herniated disc symptoms. These are some of the minimally invasive decompression procedures that can provide lasting pain relief using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques:

  • Laminectomy — is the removal of part of the lamina, or roof of a vertebra, to release pressure on nerves neighboring a herniated disc
  • Discectomy — is the removal of the part of the disc causing nerve compression
  • Foraminotomy — is the widening of a foramen, or opening between two vertebrae, which gives nerve roots more room to pass through

We also offer minimally invasive stabilization procedures that are a more precise alternative to traditional open fusion surgeries in cases of advanced disc damage. These procedures have allowed 88 percent of our patients to return to daily activities within three months after surgery.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute today so we can help you on your journey to wellness.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Through a no-cost MRI review,* we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine procedures.

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