Lumbar Herniated Disc - Dr. Ronjon Paul

A herniated disc may be caused by simple wear and tear from repeated movement over time or disc degeneration. During the natural aging process, spinal discs lose some of their water content making it difficult to support the load from above vertebrae.

About Lumbar Herniated Disc

What is a herniated disc?
When the gelatinous center of the intervertebral disc pushes out through a tear in the fibrous wall, the disc herniates. This disc herniation adds pressure to the surrounding spinal nerves causing mild to severe pain. It is one of the most common spinal disorders.

What causes a herniated disc?
A herniated disc may be caused by simple wear and tear from repeated movement over time or disc degeneration. During the natural aging process, spinal discs lose some of their water content making it difficult to support the load from above vertebrae.

Other causes of a herniated disc may include the following:

  • long standing trauma
  • hereditary or congenital abnormalities
  • stress fractures
  • a sudden heavy strain or increased pressure

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About Lumbar Herniated Disc

What is a herniated disc?
When the gelatinous center of the intervertebral disc pushes out through a tear in the fibrous wall, the disc herniates. This disc herniation adds pressure to the surrounding spinal nerves causing mild to severe pain. It is one of the most common spinal disorders.

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What causes a herniated disc?
A herniated disc may be caused by simple wear and tear from repeated movement over time or disc degeneration. During the natural aging process, spinal discs lose some of their water content making it difficult to support the load from above vertebrae.

Other causes of a herniated disc may include the following:

  • long standing trauma
  • hereditary or congenital abnormalities
  • stress fractures
  • a sudden heavy strain or increased pressure
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PAIN AT THE SITE OF THE INJURY

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PAIN, NUMBNESS, WEAKNESS OR TINGLING IN THE ARMS OR LEGS

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PAIN IS WORSE WHEN BENDING, TWISTING, AND/OR SITTING

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MUSCLE SPASMS

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How is a Lumbar Herniated Disc managed?

What are treatment options for a herniated disc?
If a herniated disc is established, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments based on your individual condition:

  • physical therapy and strengthening exercises
  • rest and a restriction of physical activity
  • injections (corticosteroids) to help reduce the pain and swelling
  • medications and analgesics to reduce pain and swelling (typical medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs)
  • application of heat and/or ice to help reduce pain, inflammation and muscle spasms

What are surgical solutions?
If your symptoms do not improve with other methods, your physician may suggest spinal surgery. Surgical solutions for herniated discs may include the following:

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How is a Lumbar Herniated Disc managed?

What are treatment options for a herniated disc?
If a herniated disc is established, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments based on your individual condition:

  • physical therapy and strengthening exercises
  • rest and a restriction of physical activity
  • injections (corticosteroids) to help reduce the pain and swelling
  • medications and analgesics to reduce pain and swelling (typical medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs)
  • application of heat and/or ice to help reduce pain, inflammation and muscle spasms

What are surgical solutions?
If your symptoms do not improve with other methods, your physician may suggest spinal surgery. Surgical solutions for herniated discs may include the following:

How is a Lumbar Herniated Disc diagnosed?

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
While a herniated disc can happen at any level of the spine, it most commonly occurs in the lumbar region or lower back.

Symptoms of a herniated disc may include:

  • pain at the site of injury
  • pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • pain that worsens when bending, twisting and/or sitting
  • muscle spasms

In addition to these symptoms, if the herniated disc is located in the cervical spine or neck, symptoms may include:

  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of coordination
  • the feeling of heavy limbs, and trouble balancing

If you feel that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis.

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How is a Lumbar Herniated Disc diagnosed?

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
While a herniated disc can happen at any level of the spine, it most commonly occurs in the lumbar region or lower back.

Symptoms of a herniated disc may include:

  • pain at the site of injury
  • pain, numbness, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • pain that worsens when bending, twisting and/or sitting
  • muscle spasms

In addition to these symptoms, if the herniated disc is located in the cervical spine or neck, symptoms may include:

  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of coordination
  • the feeling of heavy limbs, and trouble balancing

If you feel that you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis.

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The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. Dr. Paul makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

Dr. Paul does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site. DR. PAUL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY ADVICE, COURSE OF TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS THAT YOU OBTAIN THROUGH THIS WEB SITE. www.paulspine.com/legal/disclaimer.

Individuals’ outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics and/or surgeon experience.

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The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. Dr. Paul makes no representation and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information contained on or available through this web site, and such information is subject to change without notice. You are encouraged to confirm any information obtained from or through this website with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HAVE READ ON OR ACCESSED THROUGH THIS WEB SITE.

Dr. Paul does not recommend, endorse or make any representation about the efficacy, appropriateness or suitability of any specific tests, products, procedures, treatments, services, opinions, health care providers or other information that may be contained on or available through this web site. DR. PAUL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE NOR LIABLE FOR ANY ADVICE, COURSE OF TREATMENT, DIAGNOSIS OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION, SERVICES OR PRODUCTS THAT YOU OBTAIN THROUGH THIS WEB SITE. www.paulspine.com/legal/disclaimer.

Individuals’ outcomes may depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to patient characteristics, disease characteristics and/or surgeon experience.

All logos and names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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DAY OF SURGERY INFORMATION

Edwards Hospital

Arrival & Directions

Drive to the South parking garage. Free Valet parking is available during business hours. If you self-park, take the elevator from the garage to the first floor to enter the main hospital lobby. Wheelchairs are available if needed. Take the D elevator to the 2nd floor. Proceed to the Surgical and Endoscopy Check-In Desk. Here you and your family will be checked in and escorted to the Pre-op Area to be prepared for surgery. Up to two family members may wait with you until you are taken to surgery. Your family may then wait in the Surgical Waiting room until notified by the surgeon that the surgery has been completed. A receptionist will take down contact information so that your family may be easily reached to speak with Dr. Paul. Complimentary coffee is available for your family while in the Surgical Waiting room. The cafeteria and gift shop are on the ground floor in the North area of the hospital and the coffee shop is in the South area of the hospital for your family’s convenience.

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In the preoperative room you will be prepared for surgery. The team will be checking your vital signs, starting your IV, validating your medications, health history, lab results and any follow up for additional testing needed. At this time, they will obtain your consent for surgery and answer any questions you may still have. Your anesthesiologist will see you and your family prior to your surgery. Dr. Paul, Adam or Kevin  will mark your surgical site. You will be escorted to the operating room by cart. Your family can wait in the surgical waiting room. Dr. Paul will call them when surgery is completed.  If he can not reach them, he will leave a message with the Patient Liaison. Following surgery you will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) where you will recover for an hour or more. During this time, pain and nausea control will be established and your vital signs will be monitored frequently.