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Radiculopathy - Treatments, Types & Symptoms

Condition: Disc Herniation With Radiculopathy

Sometimes, when a disc in your cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back) becomes herniated, the inflamed disc can “leak” out of its casing, pressing on surrounding nerves. This condition, known as radiculopathy, can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms, from chronic pain and numbness to a loss of mobility. These symptoms can get in the way of even the simplest daily tasks, creating frustration and impacting your overall quality of life.

At Dayton Neurologic Associates, Dr. Michael Verdon is a minimally-invasive spinal surgery specialist who is highly experienced in providing herniated disc treatments & surgery. Dr. Verdon is well-equipped to evaluate and treat patients with radiculopathy in a compassionate, welcoming environment. When you become a patient with Dayton Neurologic Associates, you won’t just be a number -- you’ll be family.

If you’re ready to start receiving top-quality care from the best neurosurgeons in Dayton, OH, reach out to us today. Request an appointment online or call a location near you to get started on your journey to a fuller, pain-free life!

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Herniated Disc Treatments & Surgery Options

Lumbar Radiculopathy ("Sciatica") & Herniated Disc 

At Dayton Neurologic, we feel strongly about offering the least invasive procedures possible, and for some patients, a herniated disc with radiculopathy can be treated nonsurgically. However, many patients continue to struggle with their symptoms even after a conservative treatment period. If this is the case, you may consider spinal surgery as an option for effective, long-term relief.

Dr. Verdon is experienced providing a variety of cutting-edge procedures for treating disc herniation with radiculopathy, including:

  • Discectomy & Lumbar Laminectomy: During a discectomy, material will be removed from your herniated disc that frees the nerves affected by your radiculopathy. During laminectomy, parts of the vertebra will be removed rather than parts of the disc.
  • Cervical Spinal Fusions: The herniated disc located in your cervical spine (neck) is removed, and the two adjacent vertebrae are allowed to fuse with one another naturally
  • Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Fusion: Like a cervical spine fusion, the herniated disc in your lumbar spine (lower back) is removed, and the vertebrae on either side of it are primed to fuse naturally with one another.
  • Kyphoplasty: Your affected spinal bone will be stabilized, and your vertebral height will ideally be restored in order to provide mobility and pain relief.
  • Cervical disc replacement: An alternative to spinal fusion in which the removed herniated disc is replaced with an artificial disc instead of allowing the vertebrae to fuse.

When considering minimally-invasive spine surgery for a disc herniation with radiculopathy, it’s important to remember that every patient is unique, and that Dr. Verdon will base your treatment plan on your individual conditions, history, and goals for recovery.

Dayton Ohio's leading Spinal Neurosurgeon for Herniated Discs

Call A Spinal surgeon for Herniation With Radiculopathy

At Dayton Neurologic Associates, we pride ourselves on providing a compassionate, patient-oriented environment in which all of our patients can thrive. As a small, independently-owned practice, patients are able to see Dr. Verdon at each and every one of their visits, from initial diagnosis to final follow-up. The ability to see the same physician at each visit ensures a high level continuity of care, and is especially when dealing with the complexities of head trauma and neurological conditions.  

We provide expert guidance on treating disc herniation with radiculopathy, as well as minimally-invasive surgical solutions should they become necessary. If you’re ready to receive the next level of care from your spine surgeon, don’t hesitate. Call one of our two locations or request an appointment online today to get the herniated disc treatment you deserve!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a difference between spinal fusion and disc replacement?

In a spinal fusion procedure, a surgeon will simply allow the two vertebrae on either side of the herniated disc to fuse together instead of replacing it with an artificial disc. While this has given effective relief to many patients, a disc replacement generally affords your spine much greater mobility than a fusion following your surgery.

What is the typical cervical herniated disc surgery recovery time?

Every patient is different, and your recovery time will depend on your unique situation, goals and needs. Dr. Verdon will discuss your recovery timeline with you as part of your consultation.

What’s the difference between a discectomy and a laminectomy?

In both procedures, material will be removed to alleviate pressure on the nerve root or area of your spinal cord that is affected by radiculopathy. The difference is that during discectomy, the material will be taken from your disc, and during laminectomy, bone will be removed from your vertebra. 

How do I get started with the best neurological surgeons near me?

At Dayton Neurologic, we make it easy to schedule an appointment with Dr. Verdon. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a day that works for you.