Herniated Slip Disc Treatment

herniated disk is a condition that occurs anywhere along the spine but mostly occurs in the lower back. It can press on the nerves in your spine, causing pain, discomfort, and numbness in your legs, arms, neck, and back. Often the symptoms for herniated disk start improving within a few weeks. However, if the symptoms are severe enough to disrupt your life, seek immediate medical attention by Dr Akhil Tawari, expert consultant and well-accomplished Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.

Symptoms of Herniated Disk

Low back pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disk. Other symptoms might include:
Sciatica: A sharp yet soothing pain that extends from your buttocks down the legs. It often occurs as a result of extreme pressure put on the spinal nerve

  • A tingling sensation or numbness in the leg or foot
  • Weak leg and foot
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control. It is the most severe condition and needs immediate surgical intervention.

Treatment Overview

In most cases, herniated disks can be restored or cured using physical therapy, medications, injections, and lots of rest. However, there are cases where the pain is excruciating or there is neurological compromise, and surgery might be the only option.
Dr Akhil Tawari examines the patients and recommends surgery only if the patient:

  • Is not getting relief from pain relievers, injections, and physical therapy
  • Symptoms getting even worse
  • Is finding difficulty in standing or walking
  • Is unable to control their bowel movements or bladder

Depending on the patient’s health condition, he suggests the following surgical procedures:

Epidural injection:

In this procedure, epidural steroid injection is given under live x-ray guidance called fluoroscopy.

Microdiskectomy:

Under this procedure, the damaged disks are removed to relieve pressure on your nerves.

Lumbar Laminotomy:

In this procedure, a small piece of bone called the lamina is removed from the vertebrae. The lamina works as a protective layer for the spinal cord. Removing it helps the surgeon get access to your herniated disc and relieve pressure on your nerves.

Spinal Fusion:

UNder this procedure, your surgeon fuses the two vertebrae on either side of the disk to stabilize the spine. It prevents the disc and bones from moving and causing pain.

Dr Akhil Tawari has skills and decades of experience in dealing with various spinal disorders in a minimally invasive manner (Keyhole surgery). If you are suffering from a spinal injury, degenerative conditions, spinal infections, or spinal deformities, book your appointment with Dr Akhil Tawari, and he shall guide you towards restoring a healthy spinal cord.