Lumbar disc herniations are common. They can cause back and leg symptoms. The majority resolve without surgery. Chiropractic care, physical therapy, injections, medication, and other conservative treatments can help patients recover.
Some patients can benefit from surgery. During the operation, the lumbar spine is accessed through a small incision and a muscle sparing approach. A window is created in the spine to allow access to the nerve and disc. The structures are carefully identified and protected and the disc material causing pressure on the nerve is removed.
The patients can go home after surgery and can immediately ambulate and participate in activities of daily living.