Is surgery the best treatment for my bulging disc?

Woman learning about bulging disc treatments

As you prepare for your bulging disc surgery, you should take some time to research what you can expect during and after the procedure. Understanding how the surgery will be performed and your guidelines for recovery after the procedure will help to alleviate any apprehension you feel about your upcoming surgery. Bulging disc surgery might be recommended by your physician if you’ve tried several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment and have not felt any relief from your symptoms. If your physician suggested surgery as a possible treatment for your symptoms, he or she is likely referring to traditional open spine bulging disc surgery.

Traditional open back surgeries for the treatment of bulging discs and other spinal conditions, such as a herniated disc, typically require hospital admission and large incisions. Furthermore, traditional disc surgery requires a long recuperation time. As you research the types of surgery available to you, we encourage you to contact Laser Spine Institute with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or our minimally invasive spine surgery, which is a safer and effective alternative compared to traditional open spine surgery.^

Laser Spine Institute’s approach to bulging disc surgery

Laser Spine Institute has an outpatient approach to bulging disc surgery that can alleviate the symptoms of this painful condition. Bulging disc symptoms commonly include local pain at the site of the affected disc, as well as pain, weakness and tingling that radiates to the following areas:

  • Shoulders, arms and hands (in the case of cervical bulging discs that compress a nerve root)
  • Ribs and stomach (thoracic bulging discs)
  • Buttocks, hips, legs and feet (symptoms in these areas can be caused by lumbar bulging discs that compress a nerve root or cervical bulging discs that compress the spinal cord)

Our discectomy procedure removes the portion of the bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord because it’s causing symptoms. This procedure is often used to treat different types of disc damage, including cases of a bulging disc or lumbar herniated disc.

Our board-certified+ surgeons can decompress the nerve by using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques to remove the bulging disc.

Recovery process for minimally invasive bulging disc surgery

Once our minimally invasive bulging disc surgery is complete, 88 percent of our decompression patients are able to return to daily activities within three months after surgery.^ We generally encourage patients to take a walk the afternoon or evening of the procedure. The patient then returns to our surgery center for a postoperative visit to get clearance from the physician to continue recovering at home.

Years ago, bulging disc surgery often ended with a long, painful recovery and an uncertainty of success. Laser Spine Institute performs minimally invasive spine procedures which help 81 percent of decompression patients return to work within three months.^

Read more about Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures and realize just how possible it might be for you to find relief from neck and back pain. Also, take a moment to read a few of our patient testimonials and see what kind of an impact Laser Spine Institute has had on people’s lives. Laser Spine Institute has put together a bulging disc FAQ to help you understand your condition.

While we strive to provide you with as much information as possible through our website, each case is unique and comes with its own set of concerns. Reach out to our dedicated team today for more information about our outpatient procedures and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.

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