Bulging Disc Treatment
If you’ve been diagnosed and are looking for bulging disc treatment, Dr. Tony Mork, MD performs an endoscopic procedure referred to as an endoscopic discectomy to treat bulging discs. Usually when annular tears go untreated they almost always lead to a bulging disc.
An endoscopic discectomy is usually an outpatient procedure with recovery time usually ranging between 1 and 6 weeks after the procedure is performed. The longer the condition goes untreated the worser the symptoms will become and an untreated bulging disc can lead to a protrusion and cause excruciating pain.
Diagnosing Bulging Discs
Make sure to get a thorough diagnosis if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Tingling or pain in the fingers, arms, hands, shoulders or neck.
- Pain in the lower spine, buttocks, feet and thighs. (Most common symptom)
- Difficulty lifting or holding things, or any impairment while walking.
There may be many reasons you have a bulging disc ranging from not exercising enough to heavy lifting and exercising the wrong way but the most common cause of bulging discs is simply aging and the natural process of disc degeneration.
A Provocative discography is usually necessary to differentiate the painful disc from the discs that are not painful. Generally the pain is caused by an annular tear-not always visible on an MRI. The discography can also help to show where the problems are located when contrast is injected into the discs. 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 and accurate placement of the needles.
Treatment Options for Bulging Discs
All treatment procedures are performed by Dr. Mork
An endoscopic discectomy is performed on the painful disc(s) diagnosed with a bulging disc and most likely an 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.
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.