Surgery For Herniated Disc In Back

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Surgery For Herniated Disc In Back

A herniated disc is also referred to as a prolapsed, ruptured or slipped disc. A herniation occurs when the soft middle of the vertebral discs slips out or bulges out. The discs do not actually slip as they are fixed in place. The slipping out of the middle is causes by the rupturing of the outer ring of the disc which may be caused by normal wear and tear or injury to the spine.

A surgery for herniated disc in back is the most commonly performed surgery as the back, specifically the lower back, is the most common location for a herniated disc. The next most common location for herniated discs is the cervical portion of the spine (neck).

Surgery for herniated disc in back is usually considered as a last resort. Doctors prefer to explore more conservative treatment methods first. Symptoms of a herniated can include pain, numbness and tingling, weakness in the muscles, paralysis and problems with reflexes.

In rare cases, surgery for herniated disc in back is considered the best option when body function is impaired. Treatment is focused in improving quality of life. In many cases, surgery has proven to be very effective for herniated disc in the back, particularly in the lower back. Surgery is also considered as an option if the imaging done on the spine, either MRI (magnetic Resonance Imaging) or CT (Computed Tomography) scan, shows that surgery will resolve the herniated disc problem.

Surgery for herniated disc in back is also the best option for people with an unstable spine either due to osteoporosis or due to injury to the spinal column that has caused broken vertebrae.

Deciding to have surgery for herniated disc in back is a big decision. Several factors need to be considered before settling on it as the best option. Factors that doctors consider include overall health of the patient, age, the seriousness of the symptoms, the effect of the symptoms on your day to day life as well as your expectations from the surgery. The doctor will also use the results of the diagnostic tests as well as a physical exam to help in deciding whether or not you are an ideal candidate for surgery.

If surgery for herniated disc in back is the right option for you, the doctor will discuss with you the different surgical procedures that may be available to you. Surgery options include discectomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion, vertebroplasty and artificial disk implantation. Discectomy is probably the most common surgery for herniated disc in back as it has been shown to be quite effective in relieving nerve compression.