Annular Tear Surgery & Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed and are looking for annular tear surgery and treatment options, Dr. Tony Mork, MD provides an endoscopic procedure referred to as an endoscopic discectomy to treat annular tears effectively.
This is an outpatient procedure with recovery time usually ranging between 1 and 6 weeks after the procedure is performed.
Annular tears usually lead to more serious back problems such as disc herniations, so if you’ve been diagnosed with an annular tear you should act quick to prevent further damage and begin the healing process as soon as possible.
Diagnosing Annular Tears
When it comes to low back pain, a lot of the time a tear in the annulus fibrosus or more commonly referred to as an annular tear ends up being the culprit. An annular will need to be properly diagnosed in the beginning by Dr. Mork if an accurate diagnosis has not been reached as of yet.
A provocative discography is usually necessary to differentiate the painful disc from the discs that are not painful. The discography can also help to show where the problems are located when contrast is injected into the disc. A CT scan immediately after the discogram gives a much better three- dimensional picture of the problem.
Sedation is used in all cases for painless placement of the needles.
Treatment Options For Annular Tears
All treatment procedures are performed by Dr. Mork
Annular tear surgery is a broad term and actually includes more than a few procedures. The procedure Dr. Mork uses is a minimally invasive technique referred to as an endoscopic discectomy and is performed on the painful disc(s) diagnosed with a toxic annular tear. This treatment “washes out” the inside of the painful disc and removes the dead tissue fragments floating inside the disc. The goal is to remove dead tissue so a higher pH and oxygen content can be created to promote healing. The issue with other surgeries is they treat the pain but do not wash out dead tissue and debris that prevents the healing process and may compound the issues causing back pain.
An intradiscal injection can be given to help change the chemistry inside of the disc If the degenerated disc space is too collapsed or narrow to wash it out with an endoscope.
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Minimal incision size
Minimal recovery time
Minimal risk of infection
Minimal soft tissue damage
Minimal time at a facility (typically an outpatient procedure)
Meet Dr. Tony Mork, MD
Relieving your back pain and giving you your life back is our goal at Dr. Tony Mork’s practices in Newport Beach, CA and Naples, FL. Not only has Dr. Mork successfully performed over 8,000 endoscopic procedures, he also teaches and has produced his own training courses for doctors to become certified in endoscopic surgical procedures. When it comes to minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Mork is as professional and as experienced as it gets.