Lumbar & Cervical Herniated Discs

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Herniated Disc Treatment
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What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is a common cause of neck and back pain. Often referred to as a bulging disc or slipped disc, a herniated disc most commonly occurs in the lower back and neck.

  • A lumbar herniated disc is a herniated disc in the lumbar (lower back) region of the spine.
  • A cervical herniated disc is a herniated disc in the cervical (neck) region of the spine.

A herniated disc can be a serious medical condition. Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of a herniated disc should make an appointment with a herniated disc doctor or specialist so their condition can be officially diagnosed. Board Certified Neurosurgeon and Spine Expert, Dr. Anthony Virella is an expert in disc herniation and offers multiple treatment options for herniated discs.

What are the Symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

Intervertebral discs lie between adjacent vertebrae. They help the spine move and act as “shock absorbers” that reduce the load placed on vertebrae during weight-bearing activities. Each intervertebral disc is composed of an outer connective tissue layer and an inner gel-like nucleus. When a disc herniates, the inner nucleus protrudes posteriorly (towards the back) into the spinal canal. This puts pressure on the spinal nerves and may cause any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Extremity weakness, numbness, or tingling
  • Sciatica (lumbar herniated disc)
  • Radiculopathy (cervical herniated disc)
  • Burning pain in the shoulder, arm, or hand (cervical herniated disc)

Each of Dr. Virella’s patients receives his undivided attention and a customized treatment plan geared towards quickly eliminating their symptoms.

What are Herniated Disc Treatment/Procedure Options?

A herniated disc may first be treated using nonsurgical options. Most commonly, a combination of the following is used:

  • Rest
  • Pain and/or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy

When a herniated disc does not respond to nonsurgical treatment options, Dr. Virella may recommend that patients undergo a Minimally Invasive herniated disc procedure. Dr. Virella is an expert at performing minimally invasive herniated disc surgery and is one of Southern California’s top neurosurgeons.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

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Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?
People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S