Herniated Disc Treatment in Orange County
- Shooting pain down the buttock into the back of the thigh and down the leg
- Numbness and tingling in the leg.
- Pain often is worsened upon standing and decreases with lying down
Initial treatment will involve thorough medical history and physical exam, including the patient’s symptoms. To help detect a herniated disc, Robert Louis, MD conducts a neurological exam and may request for diagnostic imaging to find the exact location of disc degeneration causing the symptoms of a herniated disc.
Computerized tomography (CT Scan): CT scan may aid in determining the exact location of disc causing the nerve root and spinal cord compression.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Advanced cases of Cervical Osteoarthritis show abnormal signal within the spinal cord on MRI imaging. In case of atrophy of the spinal cord due to nerve cell loss, also referred to as myelomalacia, surgical outcomes may not be as promising.
X-ray: Application of radiation to produce a film or picture of a part of the body can show the structure of the vertebrae and the outline of the joints.
Electromyogram (EMG): Used to document precisely which nerves are being irritated by a disc herniation
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Robert Louis, MD specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, wherein he incorporates his education, experience and training in cutting edge technology and instrumentation.
Robert Louis, MD, a fellowship-trained Orange County Neurosurgeon, is the Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Orange County, California. Dr. Louis has particular expertise in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of brain and spinal conditions.
Dr. Robert Louis specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery for the treatment of Herniated DIsc. For appointments, please call (949) 383-4185 or Contact Us.