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A description of discectomy surgery provided by the doctors at Laser Spine Institute in Cincinnati

During the natural aging process, the elements that make up the spine begin to degenerate. During this progression, the intervertebral discs that cushion the vertebrae begin to lose a portion of their water mass, causing them to shrink and ultimately place excess pressure on the outer layer of the discs. This pressure can cause the disc to bulge or herniate, allowing disc material to migrate away from its natural location and irritate the surrounding elements.

Though this is part of the normal aging process, bulging or herniated discs can cause immense pain and other symptoms, significantly decreasing a patient’s ability to enjoy the life that he/she loves. Laser Spine Institute offers a minimally invasive decompression procedure called a discectomy that is most commonly used for this type of condition. This streamlined outpatient procedure removes hospital-associated costs and allows patients to get back to their lives faster.

Performed through a less than 1-inch incision, the surgeon is able to remove the portion of the disc that is causing the patient’s pain and discomfort. The procedure begins with the surgeon gently dilating the muscle through a series of tubes. This process eliminates any unnecessary cutting or tearing, which greatly reduces the recovery time associated with the procedure. Once the largest tube is in place, the surgeon is able to complete the surgery.

Conditions treated by the discectomy

Living life with the pain and symptoms associated with chronic and severe disc conditions can be debilitating. At Laser Spine Institute we understand that your quality of life is important to you, which is why we are committed to treating the most common disc conditions that cause devastating pain. A discectomy can possibly relieve the following conditions:

  • Sciatica
  • Pinched nerve
  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Ruptured disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Annular tear
  • Foraminal stenosis

If you are suffering from these or other conditions, do not wait to find relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information and to receive a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan to see if you may be a candidate for a discectomy at our Cincinnati center.