Tuesday, August 28, 2018 02:12 AM


DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have a herniated disk in my lower spine thats causing a lot of pain and leg numbness. For three months, Ive tried medications and physical therapy, but its not helping. My doctor now recommends surgery. She says theres a way to do it that is less invasive than traditional surgery. How does that work? Is that type of surgery effective for a herniated disk?

ANSWER: Minimally invasive surgery can be an effective way to treat a herniated disk that has not responded to conservative, nonoperative treatment. Before you move forward, you should go through a comprehensive assessment to ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure. If you are, this type of surgery often results in shorter recovery time and lower risk of complications than traditional spine surgery.

Spinal intervertebral disks are joints located between the spine bones, called vertebrae. The vertebrae and the disks stack up to create your spine. The disks serve as cushions between the vertebrae. They have a soft center wrapped within tougher exterior layers. A herniated disk happens when some of the softer material pushes out through a crack in the outer layers of the disk. A herniated disk may irritate ...

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