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Discectomy surgeries performed for back pain sufferers at Laser Spine Institute in Tampa

Healthy intervertebral discs are composed of approximately 90 percent water. During the aging process, this water begins to slowly dissipate, causing the discs to shrink in height. This shrinkage is part of the natural degeneration process. As this occurs, increased pressure is placed on the outer layer of the disc. This pressure can cause the disc to split or bulge, which can lead to the disc material pressing against the surrounding nerve roots or spinal cord.

Most of these disc conditions are asymptomatic on their own. However, when the pressure placed on the discs causes the disc material to migrate outside of its general locality, patients may experience nerve or spinal cord compression. During the minimally invasive discectomy we perform at Laser Spine Institute, the surgeon is able to remove the portion of the disc material that is compressing the nerve roots or spinal cord, alleviating the patient’s chronic pain or symptoms.

The surgeon begins this procedure through the use of a less than 1-inch incision. In order to eliminate the damage caused by cutting and tearing, the surgeon gently spreads apart the surrounding muscles using a series of dilating tubes. Through these tubes, he is able to insert the camera and equipment in order to complete the procedure.

Conditions that can be treated by a discectomy at Laser Spine Institute

Living with debilitating neck or back pain caused by degenerative intervertebral disc conditions can greatly reduce a patient’s overall quality of day-to-day life. At Laser Spine Institute we are committed to assisting as many patients as possible to find relief from some of these conditions through our minimally invasive discectomy. Conditions treated by this procedure include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Annular tears
  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Pinched nerved
  • Bulging discs
  • Sciatica

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with these or similar conditions, you may be a candidate for a discectomy at our Tampa center. For more information, contact Laser Spine Institute today.