Disc Surgery Information

Disc Surgery Treatments

Our spine, or vertebral column, is an incredibly important part of our anatomy.  It consists of 33 vertebrae, all responsible to keep up upright, allow us to walk, bend and generally move around.  Above all, it holds our spinal cord in the spinal canal, which is vital to allow us movement and completes the central nervous system, along with the brain.  The proper functioning of this spinal column is vital to our daily lives and anything that can interfere or hinder its workings needs to be rectified quickly to avoid long term complications.  Often, for some of the more serious issues that can develop with the vertebral column, disc surgery treatments might be necessary to repair the damage.

What are Disc Surgery Treatments?

Spinal ailments are not all injury and degradation related. They can be due a genetic disease too, so if your parent or grandparent had spinal issues there is a good chance you will too. That said, however, it is much more often caused by general degradation. Disc surgery is an operation of the spine that can be done for a number of different reasons, usually to repair bunging, deteriorated or inflamed vertebral discs.

Because of the sensitivity of the area it is a serious surgery and only performed as a last resort. Your surgeon and doctors will evaluate your case and decide on whether the benefits will outweigh the risks for you when it comes to disc surgery. Especially because most patients receiving this kind of surgery are elderly, it gives even more reason to be thorough in making the decision.

Disc Surgery Treatments Procedure

Most disc surgery performed on the spinal column is done laparoscopically or endoscopically. For this kind of surgery, the patient is put under general anaesthesia and as such is unconscious for the duration of the disc surgery. The reason behind disc surgery is almost always to relieve pain and pressure from the affected vertebral discs and ease some of the pain associated with spinal disc problems. It is not a cure, and there is a risk the vertebral disc problems will return even if the surgery is completely successful.

Costs of Disc Surgery Treatments

Luckily, in most cases there are non-invasive therapies that can relieve a lot of the pain associated with disc problems, but every now and then, close to 1 in 10 patients need surgery. The surgery is fully covered by the NHS provided you meet the criteria they lay out. If you don’t and want to go ahead with the surgical method of repair, there are several private hospitals that will perform the surgery. With such a wide range of possible causes and reasons for disc surgery, you would need to consult with a surgeon several times and the price of this surgery varies greatly.

Disc surgery is a major surgery and can take anywhere from a week to six weeks to recover from and is always only used as a last resort for any vertebral disc problems. If you want to know more about disc surgery treatments and talk about any back pain you might have, chat to your doctor.