Patients who are diagnosed with herniated disc often think that surgical treatment is the only option when consulting a specialist. In reality however, herniated disc has various choices of treatment, depending on the condition and the level of severity.
- Medication: includes both oral and injection, for pain killer, muscle relaxant along with steroid injection to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Physiotherapy: helps muscle relaxations and reduces pain. It also facilitates in strengthening muscles. However, patient must be under doctor’s and physiotherapist’s supervision and be consistent with the program to achieve the highest effects of the treatment.
- Surgery: If the above mentioned (Medication and/or Physiotherapy) treatment options did not improve the symptoms, doctor may advise surgical treatment. Currently, with the help of cutting-edge technology that results in highest level of accuracy, surgery becomes less alarming than many would think.
- Endoscopic surgery: a minimally invasive surgery using a microscope which results in a small wound and causes less damage to surrounding muscles. It also causes less blood loss, fewer complications and shorter recovery period.
- Intraoperative Neuromonitoring: a technology that helps enhancing the safety of the patient during operation by continuously monitoring the central nervous system with Real Time program. Intraoperative Neuromonitoring, therefore decreases the risk of nerve injury during a critical surgical procedure.
Evidently herniated disc can be treated without operative procedures if you seek medical advice from an early stage of your symptoms. Nonetheless, if you have a severe condition and surgery becomes necessary, with the help of the state-of-the-art technology paired with an expert team of surgeons can result in a competent surgery that lowers the risk of injury, hospital admission and essentially facilitate the patient to have a better quality of life.
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