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Slipped Disk (cont.)

Is Surgery an Option for a Slipped Disk?

If the medical measures are not successful within a reasonable time (6 weeks or more), and the tests confirm a herniated disk as the source of symptoms, surgical repair may be considered. Except in extreme situations or in those that have a high potential for permanent nerve damage, surgery is not considered early. Neck surgery and back surgery are serious procedures and considered under specific situations where unrelenting pain and risk of permanent damage to nerve tissue exists. Frequently, time and basic spine care resolve most slipped disk symptoms without the need for operation. Several surgical options exist. Your doctor will refer you to a spine surgical specialist (an orthopedic or neurosurgeon) to discuss which option is best for you and what the likelihood of success will be.

What Follow-Up Is Needed for a Slipped Disk?

Follow your instructions carefully and do not overexert yourself too soon. Your initial treatment plan may need to be extended or modified based on your response.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/10/2016

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