At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery helps patients find relief from bulging disc pain without the increased risks of traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization procedure relieves symptoms by replacing the damaged disc with an artificial disc — all through a small incision that does not disrupt the surrounding muscles. This stabilization option provides higher patient satisfaction scores because, unlike traditional fusion that uses metal cages to fuse a portion of the spine together, the artificial disc replicates the natural movement and healing of the spine after surgery.
A bulging disc develops when a vertebral disc bulges into the spinal canal, sometimes compressing a nerve in the process. Often referred to as a "herniated disk," bulging disks are technically a different and less severe condition.   Disc bulges occur naturally during the aging process. Many people have disc bulges in their cervical (neck) spine and never have symptoms or require treatment. A painful cervical disc bulge can be treated at home and by a doctor in a number of ways. It often takes time, changes in activities and exercises to heal it properly. Occasionally, surgery is also necessary.