Spine Conditions
Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

A Herniated Disc causes radiating, aching pain, sometimes with tingling and numbness, that starts in the buttock and extends down the back of one leg.


What is a Herniated Disc?

Condition Symptoms

  • Leg pain (sciatica)
  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness / tingling in leg
  • Pain in buttock
  • Clumsiness
  • Incontinence (rare)

Your spinal column is made up of bones (vertebrae) that are cushioned by small discs consisting of a tough outer layer (annulus) and a soft, jelly-like inner layer (nucleus). These discs act as shock absorbers, protecting the spine and nerves from the stress of everyday tasks – as well as strenuous work such as heavy lifting.

When a disc “herniates,” a tear or weakness in the annulus allows the jelly-like nucleus to push out into the spinal canal. If it puts pressure on a spinal nerve, the herniated disc can cause pain, numbness or weakness in the back, legs or arms – depending on where the disc is located. Herniated discs are most common in the lower spine, but about 10% occur in the neck.

It is possible to have a herniated disc without knowing it – herniated or bulging discs sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disc problem. But some herniated discs can be painful.

Our Approach

Traditional disc herniation surgery requires stripping away back muscles in order to expose the spine, often causing extreme scarring and bleeding. At Renova, we use the AccuCision® Spine procedure, treating herniation with a simple laser. Instead of using expandable retractors, like many others who claim to do minimally invasive surgery, we use the AccuCision procedure to insert a tiny HD camera through a 3 or 7 mm incision, treating the disc with a laser, so you can heal and get back to life as quickly as possible.

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