Lumbar Disc Herniation

Restoring Lives Disrupted by Lumbar Disc Herniation

Norton Leatherman Spine is respected around the world as a leading provider of spine care. We also are the premier destination for patients in Louisville, Southern Indiana and beyond with lumbar disc herniation.

Back pain and leg pain don’t need to get in the way of living a full life.

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The combined team of orthopedic spine and neuroscience specialists at Norton Leatherman spine provides comprehensive care for lumbar disc herniation. Our skilled physicians have the experience to identify the right treatment for a broad range of spinal conditions — including the most complicated issues and lower back and leg pain that affect millions.

Our specialists know that surgery isn’t right for everyone. If simpler treatments don’t work, and relief will come only from an operation, you’ll want surgeons at the leading edge of technology, using minimally invasive procedures.

International Reputation for Excellence

Kenton D. Leatherman, M.D., pioneered new approaches to spine care after World War II. His commitment to bring the best and most innovative care to his patients provides the foundation for today’s practice. Our orthopedic and neurosurgical spine physicians combine proven treatments that have built our reputation over 25 years with new developments at the leading edge of innovative care.

We’ll evaluate your case and give you a treatment plan customized for you.

As the most comprehensive spine care team in the region, we will consider surgery for lumbar disc herniation only if other treatment options fail to provide relief.

If surgery is required, lumbar disc herniation typically can be treated by partial discectomy or laminectomy for decompression of the involved nerves. Norton Leatherman Spine specialists are known internationally for their work on complex cases. They apply the same level of expertise and care to these more common back surgeries.


Depending on lumbar disc herniation, our surgeons may perform a minimally invasive discectomy to remove the part of the herniated disc causing your pain.

In a minimally invasive procedure, we make smaller incisions through which we can remove the herniated disc. This relieves pressure on the nerve and helps relieve pain.

A smaller incision means you can get back on your feet faster and resume living your life. Patients typically go home the day after surgery.

Lumbar Disc Herniation Laminectomy

New advances such as robotic-assisted spinal surgery used at Norton Leatherman Spine allow for decompression by laminectomy, with less recovery time and less postoperative pain. Laminectomy reduces pain and restores function by removing bone and ligament overgrowth compressing the nerves.

The expertise of our surgeons helps us choose the right procedure the first time, so as to minimize the risk for complications or additional surgery.

About Norton Leatherman Spine

Norton Leatherman Spine is a combined team of orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons from Norton Neuroscience Institute and pain management specialists who provide care for adults and children from Louisville and Southern Indiana, as well as from across the region, nation and world.

  • The multidisciplinary team incorporates expertise from a variety of specialties to offer a comprehensive array of treatment options that include minimally invasive and nonsurgical therapies.
  • Our team approach to the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of spine conditions works cooperatively with primary care physicians and other specialists to develop a treatment plan as unique as each individual.
  • Because you may not need surgery, you may work with our pain management team, physical therapy specialists and others who can create a care plan with the right types of treatments for you.
  • If you need surgery, you’re in experienced hands. Norton Leatherman Spine physicians perform more than 4,000 surgeries a year.
  • Our team has more than 45 specialists at nearly 20 offices across Louisville and Southern Indiana. Many offer same-day appointments and Saturday hours, with no referral needed
  • Our specialists are internationally recognized leaders in clinical research of spinal disease, injury and deformity, and have served in senior positions in the Scoliosis Research Society, the most prestigious organization for scoliosis surgeons around the world.
  • Norton Healthcare is the first health system in the nation to be recognized as an Advanced Orthopedic & Spine Center of Excellence by DNV.
  • We offer minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures that carry less risk and can speed your recovery.
  • We use the EOS Imaging system, which collects high-resolution images while exposing the patient to 50% to 85% less radiation than traditional X-rays and 95% less than basic CT scans. The system is especially beneficial to scoliosis patients who often need repeated imaging to monitor their progress.
  • Use MyNortonChart to communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more, anytime from a mobile device or computer

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