Treatments for herniated lumbar discs

Depending upon the results of the physical examination and the severity of your condition, your doctor may offer you two forms of treatment. The first common treatment is the aforementioned "Conservative Therapy," bed rest, pain medication, and physiotherapy. If conservative therapy does not bring enough pain relief, surgical procedures may be considered.

Until a few years ago, the only surgical treatment for herniated lumbar discs was the open removal of a part of the herniated disc, an often effective but major operation that requires general anesthesia, the dissection of muscle, removal of bone, and at times, bone fusion.

In recent years, techniques employing the use of endoscopy have been incorporated into lumbar spine surgery making minimally invasive spine surgery possible while overcoming disadvantages of traditional techniques. Non Traumatic Discectomy can provide an effective way to decompress and repair damages discs without open surgery.

An Endoscope provides clear visualization and magnification of deep structures. First used in knee surgery, endoscopy, (arthroscopy,) with its advanced miniaturization and video imaging technology has made it possible for a less invasive and less traumatic discectomy procedure for some disc patients.

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