Disc Extrusion

Disc Extrusion Surgery at SPINE/RX

What Is a Disc Extrusion?

A disc extrusion is a type of severe disc herniation. It happens when the center - or nucleus - of an intervertebral disc escapes from the center of the disc. A disc that is extruded can occur in the neck, mid, or lower back, and can cause severe spinal related pain. If the extruded disc is pressing on a nearby nerve root, severe arm or leg pain can result, as well. A disc that is outside of its proper position is one of the most common causes of spine and pinched nerve pain.

How Is a Disc Extrusion Treated?

Disc extrusions are most typically treated with either one or a combination of the following: rest, medication, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, injections or surgery.

When Is Surgery Recommended for a Disc Extrusion?

Surgery may be recommended for your neck, mid, or lower back if the disc condition does not improve through initial treatment methods or if you’re experiencing any of the following serious symptoms: lasting pain, inhibited movement, weakness in the extremities, or problems with bowel or bladder function. Surgery may also be recommended if diagnostic tests detect damage to the spinal cord or nerve roots, or if spine surgeons anticipate any significant risk of future deterioration.

Living with a disc extrusion can be painful, and may cause you to miss out on the activities you love. If medication or therapy fail to relieve spine pain due to a disc extrusion spine surgery may provide the relief you need to live the life you desire.


If spine surgery for disc extrusions makes you nervous, you’re not alone. That’s why SPINE/RX provides minimally-invasive procedures, offering less pain, shorter recovery times and limited scarring. See the difference at SPINE/RX.

Less pain
Shorter recovery times
Limited scarring
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Often, spine surgery for disc extrusions does not require an overnight hospital stay, depending on the severity of your unique condition. Many of our minimally-invasive procedures are same-day, outpatient surgeries.

SPINE/RX understands that being free from neck and back pain means getting your life back on track. That’s why we offer advanced surgical techniques to provide a clear path to lasting pain relief. See the difference at SPINE/RX.

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Take a step toward finally relieving your neck and back pain. Contact SPINE/RX for your free MRI review or initial consultation today!

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