What surgical procedures can treat a herniated disc?
Herniated disc surgery is recommended for patients who are dealing with crippling symptoms of nerve compression caused by displaced disc material. Due to the invasive nature of any type of surgery, doctors will typically first attempt a course of conservative treatments to relieve symptoms, improve range of motion and promote the health of the spine. Herniated discs can heal with time, and many patients are able to find relief from this condition by committing to a nonsurgical treatment program.
If the herniated disc progresses or if symptoms are not responding to conservative treatments, a specialist may need to be consulted for a surgical consultation. A common question that many patients have is what a typical herniated disc surgery entails. There are actually a wide range of specific procedures and overall approaches to spine surgery that can be performed to treat a herniated disc. By having a better understanding of these procedures, you can work with your doctor on a more informed basis if you are considering the possibility of surgery.
Types of herniated disc surgeries
A common procedure associated with herniated disc surgery is a discectomy. This involves a surgeon accessing the spine and removing disc material that is putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nerve root. In cases of very severe disc degeneration, full disc removal may be required and a fusion procedure performed to stabilize the surrounding vertebrae.
For years, discectomy procedures were performed as a traditional full open spine surgery that involved a large incision, muscle disruption, overnight hospitalization and a long recovery period. With advances in surgical technology and technique, surgeons are now able to perform minimally invasive herniated disc surgery that are less disruptive to the tissues surrounding the spine. At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ exclusively focus on minimally invasive spine surgery. Our procedures can offer our patients the following advantages:
- An outpatient procedure
- A less than 1-inch incision
- No lengthy recovery^
- Less risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery^
Herniated disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute
Patients with a herniated disc may be recommended to undergo a minimally invasive decompression procedure, such as a discectomy, or a minimally invasive stabilization procedure that is our outpatient approach to spinal fusion. To learn more, contact our dedicated team today.
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