When one of our patients has experienced a herniated disc, also referred to as a “slipped disc”, our dedicated staff understands the pain and dependence it can cause. The pain you experience is often agonizing and you can’t seem to move without making it worse. Andrew Casden, MD knows that acknowledging your injury is the first step and then you must take the proper action to alleviate the pain and spinal disc herniation can be corrected with NYC minimally invasive spine surgery. Some conditions of the spine that may prompt you to consider minimally invasive spine surgery include bone spurs, degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, a bulging disc, or ligament hypertrophy. All of these conditions cause compression of your nerve root. The goal of the surgery is to relieve any stress on the nerves.
Securely rooted between your vertebrae, discs are held in place by the ligaments connecting the spinal bones and the surrounding muscle. The blood supply to the disc has stopped by early adulthood, the soft inner material has started to harden, and the disc is not as elastic. Unavoidable due to aging, these changes make the outer protective lining weaker and the disks prone to injury. Without the need to make large incisions, NYC minimally invasive spine surgery is a type of procedure used to treat conditions in the cervical, lumbar, or thoracic regions of your spine. Dr. Casden achieves this using a thin tube to access the site, and is called endoscopy. Specific tools, including a video camera, light, and a laser, are fed through the tube to treat the affected area of your spine. Endoscopy enables Dr. Casden to perform surgery without trauma to your muscles, including tearing or cutting.
Dr. Casden may suggest cervical disc replacement surgery if your pain has not lessened after several months of conservative treatment. A cervical disc replacement is an NYC minimally invasive spine surgery performed by Dr. Casden. He will replace the unhealthy disc with a new, artificial disc as an alternative to a fusion, which allows you to maintain your full range of motion. Besides a very small incision and muscle preservation due to endoscopy, another benefit of NYC minimally invasive spine surgery is decreased recovery time. With a smaller incision and decreased muscle/ligament trauma, you will be able to return to your full, regular activity faster.