12/18/12

Herniated Disc: When Is Surgery Needed?

What is the point at which it’s time to seriously consider surgery to remedy a herniated disc in the low back?

For this article I consulted with Dr. P. Justin Tortolani, from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Tortolani is an orthopedic surgeon and spine specialist.

He explains: “Surgery would be indicated for lumbar herniated disc when a patient is noticing a progressive loss of strength in the leg; we term that partial paralysis. Another indication is when there is pain that is not retractable; when nothing tried is helping.”

This would include a failure of “steroid injection, acupuncture and just the tincture of time,” says Dr. Tortolani.

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