Herniated or Bulging Disc Surgery is for people who are unable to obtain adequate relief with physical therapy and pain management and those who experience muscle weakness and irritability of the bladder. The pressure of the Bulging disc interferes with nerve function. Herniated disc surgery also known as bulging disc surgery can provide significant relief from pain and help restore muscle strength. With a small working channel, the muscles of the spine are slightly retracted. A small opening in the bone provides access to the disc. After the section of the herniated disc is removed, the nerve can begin to recover. Herniated disc surgery performed with the patient lying on his stomach and takes about one to two hours while the patient is put under general anesthesia.
There are different types of severity of a herniated disc you should always undergo all Herniated Disc Treatment options first before considering herniated disc surgery. If you’ve gone through all treatment processes and feel that their quality of life was reduced to nothing and live life in constant pain, then surgery is the next step.
Herniated Disc Surgical treatments
- Percutaneous Discectomy is primarily used for bulging discs and discs that have ruptured into the spinal canal. This procedure inserts a special tool through a small incision in the back. Herniated disc tissue is then removed, reducing the size of the herniated disc. Percutaneous discectomy is considered less effective than open discectomy, and its use is declining.
- Open Discectomy – is the surgical removal of herniated disc material compressing the nerve root or spinal cord. It’s also used for bulging or ruptured discs. Discectomy might be the most effective type of herniated disc surgery for people who have tried alternative treatment without success and who have severe debilitating pain.
- Laminotomy and laminectomy are surgeries done to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots caused by age related changes in the spine. Laminectomy removes some of the thin part of the vertebrae that forms a protective arch over the spinal cord. Laminectomy removes all of the film in selected vertebrae and also may remove thickened tissue that is narrowing the spinal canal, the opening in the vertebrae through which the spinal cord passes. Any of the procedures herniated disc surgery can be done at the same time as a discectomy, or separately.