Your Treatment Options
How is spinal disc herniation treated?
Physicians will typically begin with conservative treatment consisting of rest and relaxation. Anti-inflammatory medications may be used to help reduce swelling of tissues in an effort to relieve pressure on the nerves.
If this approach is not effective, your physician may recommend surgery. During the most common surgical treatment for lumbar disc herniation called a discectomy, the surgeon removes the bulging or sequestered nuclear material to eliminate or reduce pressure on the nerve.
Removal of the nuclear material usually leaves a hole, called a defect, in the wall of the anulus. Following a discectomy, it is possible for nuclear material inside the disc to once again bulge or herniate out through this defect or through another weakened portion of the anulus. This is called reherniation. To reduce this possibility, many surgeons remove some or most of the material inside the disc.
In recent years, an increasing number of spine experts have advocated a different approach to surgery, retaining as much of the material inside the disc as possible. This conservative approach – called limited discectomy – is intended to maintain disc height in order to help preserve normal freedom of movement, and reduce back pain from the collapse of the disc.
However, surgeons face a challenge: How can they achieve the potential advantages of a limited discectomy, while minimizing the chances of reherniation?
The Barricaid® Prosthesis for Partial Anulus Replacement is designed to help surgeons address the challenge of reherniation, while preserving the disc.