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SUBJECT

Is there any other treatment besides surgery?

DATE

2014-06-03

HIT

440

Question >

I've received a thorough exam and was told that my nucleus pulposus was flowing out of the disc and the space between the vertebras was narrowed and became a dark colored disc. The hospital advised me that I should have surgery. Do I have other options besides surgery?



Answer >

What you have described seems to be a severe disc herniation with herniated nucleus pulposus. In the case of disc herniation with ruptured nucleus pulposus, you can get good results with many different non-surgical methods, unless the nucleus pulposus is completely away from the disc. You can receive FIMS therapy that stimulates the muscle around the disc with a needle and widen the space between the vertebras to ensure that the nerves are no longer suppressed. If you cannot find any relief from this procedure, you can receive a simple surgery using a needle, called high frequency disc decompression. 

But if the nucleus pulposus is completely isolated from the disc and suppresses the spine nerves, you should receive the conventional surgery of skin incision or the fine microscope surgery for removing the nucleus pulposus. Or if the disc is completely damaged and has lost its function, the disc can be removed completely and an artificial disc can be inserted. If the cause of chronic back pain is the dark-colored disc of both degenerative disc and instability, you can undergo a major surgery called a screw fixation that fixes the space between the vertebras with a screw. But if the space between the vertebras is narrowed and suppresses the nerves, you can relieve the pain by using ligament strengthening injection.

There are various ways to treat the disc disease depending on the symptoms. However, it is very difficult to give a clear response without knowing the exact condition of the patient. Even with the correct diagnosis, each hospital offers different treatments. It is our recommendation that you first look into non-surgical treatments, if possible.  Whether the disease is lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc, the surgery should be your last choice.