Lumbar Disc Herniation Surgery in New Jersey
When it comes to Lumbar Disc Herniation surgery, New Jersey spine surgeon Dr. Joshua Rovner has the comprehensive experience patients trust. As one of the state’s leading destinations for spine surgery & treatment in NJ, Lumbar Disc Herniation is a spinal condition that Dr. Rovner and his advanced surgical team treats.
Lumbar Disc Herniation
Lumbar disc herniation is one of the most common problems that brings patients to a spine specialist. It often causes radiating pain in one or both legs or buttocks. You might have also heard this called a “herniated disc,” “slipped disc,” or “ruptured disc.”
The Lumbar Spine
The lumbar spine consists of the five vertebrae between your rib cage and pelvis, labeled L1 to L5 from top to bottom. They are separated by intervertebral discs, made up of fibrous tissue, called the annulus, with a soft nucleus at the center. Together, the annulus and nucleus of each disc act as a shock absorber and distribute pressure evenly across the vertebrae. They keep your vertebrae separated.
When there is a tear in the annulus, the nucleus can pop through the tear and out of the center of the disc. This reduces the discs’ ability to separate vertebrae and leads to compression of spinal nerves rooted to the spinal cord between vertebrae. This compression and irritation of the nerve root is what leads to radiating pain down the leg.
Causes of Lumbar Disc Herniation
Herniated discs can be caused by general “wear and tear” over the years or by a trauma such as fall, car accident, or lifting injury.
Diagnosis of Lumbar Disc Herniation
During a consultation at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, Dr. Rovner will:
- Review your medical history and any test results you bring with you.
- Determine the cause of your symptoms through a physical exam.
- Order any necessary tests, e.g. x-rays or MRI scans.
- Educate you on your diagnosis.
- Provide and discuss treatment options with you, including risks and benefits.
- Together, you will decide on the treatment option that works best for you.
Treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation
Dr. Rovner recommends surgical treatment only as a last resort. If your diagnosis is a lumbar disc herniation, the treatment options he’ll discuss with you are:
- Modified activity
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Surgery: Lumbar microdiscectomy
Your New Jersey Spine Surgeon for Lumbar Disc Herniation Treatment
As an award-winning New Jersey spine surgeon, Dr. Joshua Rovner delivers comprehensive treatment for Lumbar Disc Herniation, with both surgical and non-surgical options. Board certified to practice in New York and New Jersey, Dr. Joshua Rovner is among few spine surgeons in NJ with depth of experience and expertise for treatment of spinal conditions along with advanced and minimally-invasive spinal surgery. Schedule a consultation today and contact us.