Types of surgery for a herniated disc

There are a couple different approaches to herniated disc surgery that can greatly impact your overall surgical recovery. Typically, patients can choose between two approaches to herniated disc surgery: traditional open back surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery. While these two methods of herniated disc surgery have the same goal of treating the condition, the process by which this goal is achieved is very different.

If you have been recommended for herniated disc surgery, it is important for you to research both of your surgical options so you can make a confident decision about which treatment to pursue. Though all methods of surgery come with certain potential risks and benefits, minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute has a lower risk of complication and infection than traditional open back surgery.

Traditional open back herniated disc surgery

Traditional open back herniated disc surgery aims to relieve the pain and symptoms of this condition by removing a portion of the herniated disc that is pinching a nerve root near the spine. This is accomplished by making a large incision — sometimes between five and 10 inches — in the neck or back, and then cutting or detaching the large surrounding muscles in order to access the spine.

Because of this highly invasive approach to the spine, patients who undergo traditional open back herniated disc surgery have a higher risk of developing complications such as nerve damage and failed back surgery syndrome than patients who choose minimally invasive herniated disc surgery.

Minimally invasive herniated disc surgery

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery. Instead of making a large incision in the spine and tearing through the surrounding muscles, our procedures are performed through a less than 1-inch incision and use muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine.

Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our patients have a shorter recovery time^ than patients who choose traditional open neck or back surgery. This means an outpatient procedure where patients are typically encouraged to be up and walking within hours of surgery.

To learn more about the benefits of our minimally invasive herniated disc surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to help you determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.

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