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Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Disc Herniation

The lumbar spine (lower back) is composed of vertebrae bodies and disc (cushions) between each body. The disc consists of an outer rim of strong collagen or connective tissue (annulus) and an inner core of a gel like material called the nucleus. As the Lumbar disc degenerates (ages), a tear of the outer layer (annulus) can occur because of a minor or more severe trauma such as an accident, stressful sports, heavy lifting, or bending, and even simple activities of daily life.

When this happens, a piece of the inner gel or nucleus may herniate from the disc causing sudden (or acute) back pain or leg pain (sciatica). This is commonly known as a slipped disc or herniation disc.

If part of the gel-like nucleus contracts, it can cause a chemical inflammation response or herniated disc. Symptoms can include buttock pain, radiation of pain down the leg, numbness and tingling and weakness.

Most patients (80%-90%) respond to conservative treatment such as physical therapy and exercise, chiropractic, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve and rest or reduction of certain physical activity. If leg pain remains severe (7-9/10) then epidural steroid injections can be of benefit.

If surgery is necessary when conservative measures fail to relieve symptoms, usually a simple minimally invasive procedure can be performed. Removal of the herniated piece of nucleus or gel will relieve leg pain in 90% of cases.

Patient Testimonials

"This man gave me my life back! I wouldn't be working today with him as a spine nurse ! I had a cervical fusion & artificial disc replacement for my lower back ! He's caring & compassionate & so is his staff ! He saved my husbands life also by ordering the right tests & got him to another specialist , I feel so blessed to have him! "

-Anastacia H

"Dr. Kropf is literally a miracle worker. I have suffered with horrible pain for years from herniation at L4/5 & L5/S1. Had a prior micro-surgery from another surgeon which did not work. Dr. Kropf performed a double fusion through the stomach and back. Had my 7 month follow up yesterday and got a clean bill of health. Honestly, after about 5 months I was totally pain free. He completely nailed it!!! I also just referred one of my good friends who also feel in love with Dr.Kropf. I had interviewed 7 surgeons with my wife and we both agreed that there was no one better to do my surgery. This was not a fun thing to go through, but so worth it. Katie, Sakura, and Trisha also were awesome to deal with and super responsive."

-Lee E

"First off, I believe Dr. Kropf helped save my life! It's been 6 months since I had my surgery and my spine has fused successfully! Dr. Kropf and his amazing staff treated me like a human being instead of just a patient! The support and encouragement they gave me throughout the few years I have been going is incomparable! Thank you to all those who helped me during my recovery, especially Sakura, and Trisha! You are all Angels on Earth! God Bless you!"

-Stefifi A

“Dr. Kropf is a very knowledgeable and experienced surgeon. He is just as straight forward and honest as I remember him from 19 years ago. He did an amazing job with my back then, that I flew across the country to discuss the second surgery with him!”
"I had a Cervical Spine Surgery February 2017 and Lumbar Spine Surgery November 2017. Both Surgeries were a Success. I feel so much better....No More Pain! Thank You, Dr. Kropf... You're the BEST!"

-Martha B