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Surgical treatment for a bulging disc

A bulging disc can cause painful symptoms and disrupt your everyday activities. Symptoms can range from local pain, radiating pain, numbness, tingling, muscle spasms and even muscle weakness. If you have tried conservative treatment options for a few months, but symptoms persist, consult with your physician about whether or not bulging disc surgery is right for your condition.

Bulging disc surgery

Bulging disc surgery can be performed as traditional open spine surgery or as minimally invasive spine surgery. Traditional open spine surgery requires a two- to five-night hospital stay while minimally invasive spine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure so you can go home the same day. Minimally invasive spine surgery has a lower risk of infection and complications when compared to traditional open spine surgery and a shorter recovery period.^ While both surgical options can effectively treat bulging disc symptoms, minimally invasive surgery is performed using a less than 1-inch incision and fewer complications than traditional open spine surgery.

Bulging disc surgical procedures

Depending on the location of your bulging disc, the severity of your condition, your overall health, the symptoms you have been experiencing and any other spine conditions you are suffering from, one of the highly trained surgeons at Laser Spine Institute will recommend a custom surgical treatment plan for you. Our surgeons may recommend one or more of the following bulging disc surgical procedures:

  • Discectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Anterior cervical discectomy fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion
  • Lateral lumbar interbody fusion

For patients suffering from a bulging disc, a discectomy is the most common type of bulging disc surgery performed. During a discectomy the surgeon removes the portion of the bulging disc that is compressing a nearby nerve root and causing painful symptoms. Once the portion of the disc is removed, symptoms subside.

Recovery from bulging disc surgery

Patients who undergo minimally invasive bulging disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute typically are monitored for a few hours after surgery and then return home or to their hotel room. The next day patients return to our surgery center for a postoperative visit before returning home for recovery. Eighty-one percent of our minimally invasive decompression patients return to work and everyday activities within three months of surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost* MRI review to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures at our Tampa facility.