Disc Herniation Surgery

Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine

Orthopaedic Surgeons & Rehabilitation Centers located in Jasper, IN

When a disc -- one of the shock absorbers in your spine -- becomes herniated, you may feel pain or discomfort if it puts pressure on a nerve. The expert team of orthopaedic surgeons at Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg Orthopaedics & Spine in Jasper, Indiana, offers effective treatments for herniated discs, including disc herniation surgery. Disc herniation surgery is often a last resort when you can’t get pain relief from nonsurgical methods. Patients in southern Indiana trust the expertise and state-of-the-art technology the team provides. For the highest standard of health care in a patient-focused environment, call the office or schedule a disc herniation surgery consultation online.

Disc Herniation Surgery Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc occurs when one of the soft cushions between your vertebrae -- the discs -- tears or ruptures and part of the disc’s nucleus leaks out. Discs have a soft, jellylike inner layer that’s surrounded by a tougher outer layer. As a result of age, wear and tear, excessive strain, or injury, some of the disc material may leak out and put pressure on one of the nearby nerves in your spinal column.

Herniated discs commonly occur in your lower spine and put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica. Sciatica is a painful condition resulting in burning and numbness that radiates from your lower spine, down one leg, and sometimes into your foot. Herniated discs are also common in your neck (cervical spine), sending pain down one arm.

When would I need disc herniation surgery?

If you’ve tried nonsurgical pain-relief methods but your pain keeps recurring or if the pain’s affecting the quality of your life, you may be a good candidate for disc herniation surgery. There are a few different types of surgery to improve herniated disc pain, including:

  • Laminotomy/laminectomy to relieve pressure on nerve roots
  • Discectomy/microdiscectomy to remove a herniated disc on your lumbar spine
  • Artificial disc surgery to replace a single herniated disc
  • Spinal fusion to fuse vertebrae together
  • Discectomy and microdiscectomy are the most common types of disc herniation surgery.

What happens during a discectomy or microdiscectomy?

During a discectomy, your surgeon makes an incision to access the herniated disc and removes the part of the disc that’s putting pressure on your nerve. In some situations, they may remove the entire herniated disc.

Your orthopaedic surgeon may also perform a discectomy, using a less invasive procedure on an outpatient basis. This microdiscectomy, as it’s called, relieves the pressure on a compressed lumbar nerve. A microdiscectomy has a high success rate for relieving sciatic nerve pain.

Even though it takes several weeks to fully heal after a microdiscectomy, people often feel immediate relief from the chronic leg pain that results from sciatica.

Disc herniation surgery is not a simple procedure, so it’s important to select an orthopaedic surgeon with the extensive knowledge, training, and expertise that the doctors at Norris, Blessinger & Woebkenberg possess in spades.

If you’re unsure about disc herniation surgery or want to learn more about your options for long-term pain relief, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking system.