Bulging Disc Procedure

A minimally invasive bulging disc procedure has many advantages

A bulging disc procedure may be able to help if you experience pain and other symptoms from a bulging disc and conservative, nonsurgical treatments like physical therapy, massage and medication haven’t improved your condition. Traditional open spine surgery has been the default option in the field of spine surgery in the past, but due to recent advances in medicine and laser science, today’s patients have an effective alternative for treating bulging discs in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery.

There are multiple minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery options available as a bulging disc procedure. One of these procedures is called a discectomy. A discectomy can relieve the nerve compression causing pain in your back or neck by carefully removing the portion of spinal disc that has bulged out of place and into the spinal canal. Surgeons can remove this portion without causing any destabilization of the spine.

While this bulging disc procedure process varies, a minimally invasive discectomy usually involves:

  • Administration of a deep IV sedative and application of a local anesthesia on the affected area of the back or neck.
  • A small incision is made in the back or neck and a series of nesting tubes is inserted into the opening, gradually pushing aside muscle and other tissue to access the bulging disc site.
  • The largest tube is left in place and the others are removed. Small tools, including a laser, a camera and a light are fed through the tube.
  • The surgeon removes the damaged portion of the bulging disc while using the light and camera.
  • The tools and tube are removed and the incision is closed.

This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and at a spine surgery center and often you can head back to your hotel or residence just hours after the procedure. Because of the small incisions and lack of muscle tearing, the recovery is much faster than traditional open spine surgery and there is rarely a large quantity of scar tissue that forms.

If you would like more information about this bulging disc procedure or other minimally invasive treatment options, speak to your physician.

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