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Learn more about torn disc surgery from Laser Spine Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio

Torn disc surgery may be recommended in situations where conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy do not produce the desired results. Traditional open spine surgery is one option, although these procedures are often accompanied by overnight hospitalization and a long recovery period. On the other hand, minimally invasive, outpatient surgery may offer a number of advantages, considering that muscle-sparing techniques can lead to a less complicated recovery process.

Types of torn disc surgery

There are several procedures that may be recommended to an individual with a torn disc. These include:

  • Discectomy — damaged disc material is removed
  • Foraminotomy — openings in the spinal canal are widened to alleviate nerve or nerve root compression
  • Laminotomy — a portion of the bone that covers the spinal canal is removed
  • Stabilization — a portion of the spine is fused together to provide additional support

Because these procedures are designed to address the source of a patient’s discomfort, rather than simply alleviate the symptoms the way that conservative treatments do, they may be able to provide much-needed pain relief when nonsurgical treatments fail to do so.

Traditional and minimally invasive approaches

Torn disc surgery can be performed using a traditional approach or a minimally invasive one, depending on the patient’s diagnosis, lifestyle and personal medical needs. At Laser Spine Institute, the minimally invasive outpatient surgeries that we perform are often the clinically appropriate first choice^ for individuals who are considering a neck or back operation.

If you’re considering torn disc surgery and would like to find out if a minimally invasive procedure might be the right choice for your needs, contact Laser Spine Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, for more information. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, more than 75,000 patients have trusted us to relieve their chronic neck and back pain. ^