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Disc extrusion is a specific type of spinal disc herniation, and it occurs when injury or a degenerative condition causes the soft, jelly-like center of a vertebrae to bulge outward, or “extrude,” into the spinal cavity. In a disc extrusion, this core material breaks through the outer layer of the vertebrae and leaks into the spinal canal but remains attached to the disc. This causes irritation, inflammation and pinched nerves that produce pain, tingling, numbness and reduced mobility. Dr. Sina Rajamand at Battle Born Brain and Spine offers surgical disc extrusion treatment in Reno, Nevada.

A physical exam, MRI and discogram are all commonly used to pinpoint the exact area of disc extrusion and its level of severity. Once the damage has been evaluated, Dr. Rajamand can recommend a neurosurgical repair option to repair the damage, bring relief from pain and restore mobility.

Several non-surgical solutions may be recommended first, especially in cases where pain is minimal or non-existent. Rest, exercise, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy, NSAIDs and OTC pain relievers and facet joint injections may all be tried first. But when these measures do not bring healing or relief from symptoms, contact Battle Born Brain and Spine for a surgery consultation with Dr. Rajamand.

Repairs for Herniated Discs by a Skilled Reno Neurosurgeon

During a herniated disc consultation with Dr. Rajamand at Battle Born Brain and Spine, he will explain exactly how your vertebrae is damaged and what procedure he recommends for repairs. Most commonly, spinal fusion surgery is used to remove the damaged portion of the vertebrae and fuse it to another adjacent vertebrae for stability and relief from pain. Removing the damaged section eliminated the pressure on the spinal cord that produces pain and inflammation.

Dr. Rajamand is a renowned specialist in using true minimally-invasive neurosurgical techniques for these types of repairs. With just a tiny incision, he can use small instruments with cameras to guide intricate movements at the precise location of the damaged vertebrae, reducing the risk of damage to nearby tissues. Minimally-invasive techniques also reduce the risk of infection and allow for faster healing and recovery. Some patients are even able to return home the same day of surgery.

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, or a disc extrusion, advanced, minimally-invasive surgical repair is available at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sina Rajamand to discuss your disc extrusion diagnosis and options for repair and a return to normalcy.