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What is deciding factor for surgery or not with bulging disc?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Chris Oh
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Symptoms
The main factor would be symptoms - either pain or nerve compression leading to weakness, numbness.
Usually after conservative management and epidural injection is symptoms persist, then surgery should be considered.

In brief: Symptoms
The main factor would be symptoms - either pain or nerve compression leading to weakness, numbness.
Usually after conservative management and epidural injection is symptoms persist, then surgery should be considered.
Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Oh
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Dr. Stan Lee
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Several
Surgery for a bulging disk is an option for patients with clear cut, pinched nerve symptoms that are refractory to nonsurgical treatments.
A spine surgeon can determine whether a patient has the requisite findings to qualify as a surgical candidate. From there, the decision for surgery is in the hands of the patient. The decision for surgery is shared between the surgeon and patient.

In brief: Several
Surgery for a bulging disk is an option for patients with clear cut, pinched nerve symptoms that are refractory to nonsurgical treatments.
A spine surgeon can determine whether a patient has the requisite findings to qualify as a surgical candidate. From there, the decision for surgery is in the hands of the patient. The decision for surgery is shared between the surgeon and patient.
Dr. Stan Lee
Dr. Stan Lee
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