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Disc Extrusion

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Commonly known as herniated discs, disc extrusions are caused by a weakened disc wall, or annulus fibrosus, rupturing due to age or injury. This outer wall is what keeps the soft, jelly-like center of the disc contained, creating a type of cushion for the vertebrae to bend and move freely. When a disc becomes ruptured or herniated, an annular tear occurs, allowing the jelly-like center to spill into the spinal cavity causing irritation, inflammation and pinched nerves. Deuk Spine Institute is a leader in treating disc extrusions that require surgery. It fact, our minimally invasive laser spine surgery has over a 95% success rate.  

Disc extrusion diagnosis

Patients typically feel some form of tingling, numbness, loss of motion, or pain from the source of the extrusion. When these symptoms radiate down into the arms or legs, it may be nerve-related irritation or compression often caused by herniated discs. An MRI will be needed to assess the structure and integrity of the spine. A physical exam is necessary to detail the origin of the pain and the severity of symptoms. In cases where surgery is needed to repair the suspect disc, a discogram will be needed to further confirm the location of the problematic disc.

Disc extrusion treatment

Disc extrusions have been safely treated with surgery for years. The most common surgery used is a spinal fusion. With spinal fusion, the goal is to remove the herniated part of the disc. This type of surgery is usually successful, but often has a longer recovery time because it results in damage to the surrounding tissue.

Deuk Spine Institute uses a patented endoscopic spine surgery called Deuk Laser Disc Repair. Endoscopic spine surgery makes use of tiny surgical instruments with cameras at the end. This allows a surgeon to remove only the herniated piece without interfering with the normal part of the disc. This minimally invasive procedure involves no metal implants, faster recovery time, and patients go home the same day.

Watch the video below to learn more about disc extrusions and how to treat them:

If you or a loved one experiencing pain or other symptoms from a disc extrusion, contact Deuk Spine Institute today and learn why patients travel from across the US and around the world for treatment. Contact Us or give us a call at 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK.

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World leader in Laser Spine Surgery
With world-class physicians on staff, the newest and most advanced technology, and a patient experience pathway that is unrivaled in it’s efficiency and and pedagogy of care, Deuk Spine Institute has performed thousands of procedures and achieves a 95% success rate in elimination of pain.

 The services we offer are not offered anywhere else in the world, and the treatments are curative, not palliative.  On top of that, Dr. Deukmedjian is personally invested in the well-being of each and every patient, and has spared no expense to guarantee the best possible outcomes.
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