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How to choose the right type of prolapsed disc surgery, as explained by the experts at Laser Spine Institute Tampa

If you’ve been recommended for prolapsed disc surgery, you should know that you have options for the type of surgery you choose. Not every type of surgery for a prolapsed disc is performed the same way, and researching the methods of each procedure will help you choose the right one for your specific needs.

For example, though minimally invasive spine surgery and traditional open back surgery have the same goal, which is to relieve pressure on a pinched nerve, the method by which they accomplish this goal is completely different. As you begin to research these two options of prolapsed disc surgery, consult your doctor about any questions you may have. Together, you can make an informed decision regarding the next step in your spinal treatment.

Difference between minimally invasive and traditional open spine surgery

Since your two options for prolapsed disc surgery are minimally invasive spine surgery or traditional open back surgery, it’s important to understand the differences between the two. To begin, traditional open back surgery is highly invasive, whereas minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute — as the name suggests — is not. Some of the differences in technique include:

  • Traditional open back surgery requires a large incision, whereas the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute can be performed using a less than 1-inch incision.
  • Laser Spine Institute uses muscle-sparing techniques while traditional open back surgery cuts and tears the core muscles to reach the spine.
  • Patients who choose traditional open back surgery are required several nights of hospitalization, but patients who undergo the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute are able to return home within hours after surgery.

Because of these significant differences between the two procedures, minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice over traditional open back surgery.^

Benefits of prolapsed disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute

Patients who choose Laser Spine Institute for minimally invasive spine surgery are choosing a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication compared to patients who opt for traditional open back surgery. Other benefits of our surgeries include a lower risk of infection, comparatively, and a patient satisfaction score of 98.^

To learn more about our minimally invasive prolapsed disc surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute Tampa today.