There are many patients who suffer from leg pain, back pain or a certain weakness in the lower extremity muscles. These patients are often diagnosed with a herniated disc. While suffering from herniated disc, the cushion that exists between the spinal vertebra of a person is pushed off its normal position. A herniated disc would not have been a risky affair if the spinal nerves which lie very close to the edge of the spinal discs were not involved.
Very often people having herniated disc problems recover without surgeries. Only 10% of those having herniated disc problems, with a serious condition require surgery to get cured. When tummy tuck is done on patient, it is done to decrease the leg or back pain and allow its normal movement and proper functioning. It has been said time and again by doctors that herniated disc surgery is meant only for patients who have certain specific conditions and symptoms. The decision to get the surgery done should be taken into consideration only after one receives the results from the physical examinations, diagnostic tests and the response to nonsurgical treatment.
One should also discuss the other options and the expected results from them with the doctor handling the case. There are certain other factors also like age, the severity of symptoms, overall health condition and the impact of the symptoms on your life; for example, the inability to run or work. You may consider going for a herniated disc surgery if maybe your job requires you to recover quickly, and you do not have the time to wait for the herniated disc to heal normally by itself. You may also consider surgery if you are old and the herniated disc has less chances to improve without surgery on its own or maybe also because of other spinal diseases.
But do keep in mind that herniated disc surgery is not considered as an effective solution for low back pain that is caused by some other problem than herniated disc disorder. This surgery is also not performed on patients whose symptom is only back pain among the many symptoms of herniated disc disorder.