Robert Hurford, Jr.

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Robert Hurford
Orthopedic Surgery
Heekin Orthopedic Specialists
10475 Centurion Parkway Ste. 220

A MRI show that I have a herniated disc in my cervical spine, do I need surgery?

The short answer - it depends.  Your symptoms are a far more important than findings on an imaging study. As many as 20% or more of the U.S. population have herniated discs with no symptoms at all.  If you have been in pain for more than six weeks, and the pain is radiating through your arms and hands, then I would be concerned and seek medical treatment.

Who would benefit from a Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy?

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy is a very successful treatment for a herniated disc in the lower back. However, keep in mind, not all herniated discs, require surgery. Symptoms will usually outweigh imaging findings.  Many of us have bulging or herniated discs. This is not alarming and should not cause concern. For some, however the disc will cause a nerve irritation that presents as radiating pain down the legs and buttocks. If this pain lasts for longer than six weeks, you should seek medical treatment.

I have a herniated disc with some nerve involvement in my lower back.  For the past year or so it has caused me moderate pain. What are my options if I do not want to continue living in pain?

Pain caused by lumbar nerve compression can be effectively treated by either time, steroid injections, or failing that -minimally invasive surgical decompression. If the MRI study shows evidence of nerve compression, then that person would be a candidate for conservative lumbar steroid injections, which may relieve your pain without surgery.  Minimally invasive surgical decompression of the nerve can be very effective.

Robert Hurford, Jr.
Robert Hurford, Jr.

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