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Should I have spine surgery for a herniated disc?

Should I have spine surgery for a herniated disc? 1024 871 Dan Lieberman

Herniated discs are a common cause of back pain, but spine surgery isn’t typically the first form of treatment used to treat them. In fact, many people may be wondering, “When should I have surgery for a herniated disc?” One answer to this question is when noninvasive treatments don’t reduce your pain. There are two reasons minimally invasive microdiscectomy may be the best option for treating your herniated disc. 

  1. May reduce pain when conservative methods can’t

One reason you should consider having herniated disc surgery, or microdiscectomy, is if noninvasive treatment methods are no longer working for you. For instance, physical therapy is a noninvasive treatment method that can often help reduce pain from herniated discs. Over-the-counter and prescription pain medication is another noninvasive treatment used for this condition. 

However, some patients may find that these treatments either don’t help or lose their effectiveness over time. If you fall into either of these categories, then microdiscectomy may be an option to consider. 

2.   Can reduce your recovery time

Once you decide you should have spine surgery for a herniated disc, you should look into the benefits offered by minimally invasive microdiscectomy. This procedure is designed to benefit patients in several ways. 

For one thing, the procedure is designed to reduce surgical damage to soft tissue like muscles. This is helpful because reduced tissue damage can help reduce post-surgical pain, and it also means your body will have less damage to recover from. Microdiscectomy is also typically an outpatient procedure, and many patients find they’re able to return to work soon after the procedure. 

Phoenix Spine & Joint can help you find out if surgery is right for your herniated disc

Our team at Phoenix Spine & Joint knows that some herniated discs can benefit from surgery. This is why we offer minimally invasive microdiscectomy. Our team can also help you find other types of spine surgery, such as: 

Also, our team has a 99% patient satisfaction rating and a nearly 0% post-surgical infection rate, and this may help increase your peace of mind when you’re considering surgery. 

Take the next step to find relief from the pain of a herniated disc. Contact one of our care specialists today for more information or to schedule a free second opinion.