Herniated Disc Surgery
What is a Herniated Disc?
Your backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between them are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. A herniated disk is a disk that ruptures. This allows the jelly-like center of the disk to leak, irritating the nearby nerves. This can cause back pain or pain that radiates down one leg (sciatica).
How is a herniated disc treated?
Treatment can progress like this:
- Bed rest and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (like ibuprofen) if the pain is only mild to moderate
- Physical therapy sometimes along with pain medication and muscle relaxants
- One or more epidural steroid injections into the spine
- Surgery if conservative treatment options like physical therapy and medications don’t reduce or end the pain. Your doctor will talk to you about the types of spinal surgery available and help to determine what procedure might be appropriate
How can Mercy help?
We have primary care physicians who can diagnose herniated discs and prescribe medication, physical therapists who can strengthen muscles and provide deep tissue massage, and experienced neurosurgeons who can perform spinal surgery.
Find a board-certified neurosurgeon for herniated disc treatment
To find a skilled neurosurgeon near you, visit our main Neurosurgery page, access our online physician directory or call 1.877.GO MERCY.