A herniated disc — also called bulged, ruptured or slipped disc — happens when the disc nucleus is pushed out of the spinal canal. It can happen anywhere in the spine but it commonly occurs in the lower back (lumbar spine).
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, a herniated disc may be an indication of early-stage degeneration. But 9 out of 10 patients suffering from herniated disc do not usually require surgery.
However, for patients whose condition is no longer alleviated by conservative treatments, here’s what you can expect from herniated disc surgery, according to our spine surgeon in Boynton Beach:
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