Disc Replacement and Decompression Long Island

At Long Island Neuroscience Specialists, we understand the impact that spinal issues can have on your daily life. Our expert team is dedicated to providing advanced disc replacement and decompression procedures to help you achieve lasting relief and improved quality of life. This page offers comprehensive information on these procedures, their benefits, the conditions they treat, and what you can expect during the recovery process.

What Are Disc Replacement and Spinal Decompression?

Disc replacement surgery involves removing a damaged or degenerated intervertebral disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. This procedure helps restore normal spine function and relieves pressure on spinal nerves.

Spinal decompression, on the other hand, is a non-surgical, traction-based treatment that helps alleviate pain by creating negative pressure within the disc, encouraging it to retract and heal naturally.

Key Differences:

  • Disc replacement involves surgery, while spinal decompression is non-invasive.
  • Disc replacement uses artificial discs, whereas decompression relies on traction.
  • Both treatments target different types of spinal issues and conditions.

    • Conditions Treated:

      • Herniated discs
      • Spinal stenosis
      • Sciatica
      • Facet syndrome
      • Degenerative disc disease
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Conditions We Treat

At Long Island Neuroscience Specialists, we treat a variety of spine-related conditions that can benefit from disc replacement and decompression.

Common conditions include:

  • Herniated Discs: Discs that have bulged or ruptured, causing pain and nerve compression.
  • Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Sciatica: Pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve from the lower back down to the legs.
  • Facet Syndrome: Pain caused by inflammation of the facet joints in the spine.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Wear and tear of the intervertebral discs due to aging or injury.

    • These conditions can significantly impact your daily life, causing pain, discomfort, and limited mobility. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for preventing further complications.

Why Choose Disc Replacement and Decompression?

Choosing disc replacement and decompression over other treatments offers several benefits:

  • Minimally Invasive: Both procedures are less invasive compared to traditional spine surgery, resulting in smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
  • Reduced Pain and Discomfort: Patients experience significant pain relief and improved mobility.
  • Long-Term Success: High success rates and patient satisfaction make these procedures reliable options for spinal issues.
  • Quick Recovery: Faster return to normal activities compared to traditional surgeries.
  • Patient Testimonials: “After my disc replacement surgery, I was back to my normal activities in no time. The pain relief was immediate and lasting.” – John D.

Meet Our Expert Neurosurgeons

Our team of highly skilled neurosurgeons is dedicated to providing the best care possible using the latest minimally invasive techniques.


Sumeer Sathi, MD, FACS, FAANS

Dr. Sathi obtained his B.S. Neuroscience with high distinction in research, summa cum laude and was salutatorian of his graduating class at the University of Rochester (1985). He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He finished his M.D. at Harvard Medical School (1989) in Boston, MA and continued his interest in the neurosciences by training in neurosurgery.

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Steven P. Leon, MD, FACS, FAANS

Dr. Steven P. Leon is a board certified neurosurgeon with specialization in spinal surgery. He completed a spinal surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, a Neurological Surgery Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital (Harvard Program) and graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School.

He treats spinal tumors, trauma, infection, deformity and degenerative diseases. He offers both operative and non-operative treatments. Skills range from minimally-invasive surgery/treatment to complex spinal reconstruction.


Consultation and Diagnosis

The first step towards relief is a comprehensive consultation with our specialists. Here’s what to expect:

  • Initial Consultation: Bring any relevant medical records and be prepared to discuss your symptoms and medical history.
  • Diagnostic Tests: MRI, CT scans, and X-rays are used to accurately diagnose your condition.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Based on the diagnosis, a customized treatment plan is developed.
  • Setting Expectations: Our specialists will explain the expected outcomes and recovery process.

What to Expect During the Procedure

In disc replacement surgery, patients undergo preoperative preparations, which typically include fasting for a certain period and adjusting medications as directed by their healthcare provider. These guidelines are essential for ensuring a smooth procedure.


The surgery itself begins with the administration of general anesthesia, putting the patient into a deep sleep. An incision is then made in the neck or back to access the damaged disc.


The surgeon carefully removes the damaged disc and replaces it with an artificial one, such as the Mobi-C cervical disc, which mimics the natural movement of the spine. After the surgery, patients are moved to a recovery room where their vitals are monitored, and pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications are administered to manage any discomfort.


For spinal decompression, the procedure involves the use of a specialized traction table or device. The patient is comfortably positioned, and the device applies gentle, precise pressure to create negative pressure within the spinal discs, encouraging them to retract and heal naturally.


Each session typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes and is scheduled several times a week over a few weeks. Most patients find the sessions comfortable, with many even falling asleep during the process.


After each session, patients may feel immediate relief, and it is recommended to follow any additional care instructions provided by the therapist, such as specific exercises or activities to avoid.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery times for disc replacement surgery can vary, but most patients start to see improvements within a few weeks. The initial recovery period involves rest and limited activity, with patients encouraged to follow a structured physical therapy program to regain strength and mobility.


Postoperative care instructions include taking prescribed pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications as directed to manage discomfort. Engaging in recommended physical therapy exercises helps strengthen the spine and supports recovery.


During the initial recovery period, patients should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and any movements that might strain the spine. Regular check-ins with your specialist ensure that recovery is on track and help address any concerns promptly.


Recovery from spinal decompression therapy is gradual. Patients often notice pain relief after the first few sessions, with significant improvements over the course of the treatment plan.


It is essential to take prescribed medications and follow any physical therapy recommendations to support recovery. Avoiding activities that strain the spine and adhering to follow-up appointments are crucial for a smooth recovery.


Maintaining a balanced diet and regular, gentle exercise supports overall health and recovery, and techniques such as ice/heat therapy, gentle stretching, and relaxation exercises can help manage pain.

Understanding the Risks and Complications

As with any medical procedure, disc replacement surgery carries potential risks, including infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and complications related to anesthesia. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon in detail before the procedure.


While spinal decompression is generally safe, some patients may experience mild discomfort or a temporary increase in pain as the body adjusts to the therapy. Compared to traditional spine surgeries, both disc replacement and spinal decompression have lower risks of complications and shorter recovery times.


Patients should watch for signs such as severe pain, swelling, redness, or fever, and seek medical attention promptly if any of these occur. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon greatly reduces the risk of complications, and adhering to postoperative care guidelines is essential for minimizing potential risks and ensuring a smooth recovery.

Are You a Candidate?

Determining candidacy for disc replacement or spinal decompression involves several factors. Ideal candidates are generally between the ages of 21 and 67 and in good overall health.


Diagnostic tests such as MRI, CT scans, and X-rays are crucial for assessing the extent of disc damage and determining suitability for surgery or decompression therapy. Typically, candidates for these procedures have tried non-surgical treatments such as medications and physical therapy without sufficient relief.


During the consultation, patients should bring relevant medical records and be prepared to discuss their symptoms and treatment history. It is important to ask key questions during the consultation, such as expected outcomes, recovery time, and potential risks.


For those not suitable for surgery, our specialists will discuss alternative treatments and develop a tailored plan to manage the condition effectively.


1. What is disc replacement surgery?

Disc replacement surgery is a procedure where a damaged or degenerated spinal disc is removed and replaced with an artificial disc, helping to restore normal spinal function and alleviate pain.

2. How does spinal decompression therapy work?

Spinal decompression therapy uses a traction-based system to create negative pressure within the spinal discs, encouraging them to retract and heal naturally, providing relief from pain.

3. What conditions can be treated with disc replacement and decompression on Long Island?

Common conditions treated include herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, and degenerative disc disease.

4. What are the benefits of disc replacement and decompression compared to traditional surgery?

These procedures are minimally invasive, result in smaller incisions, have faster recovery times, and generally lead to reduced pain and improved mobility compared to traditional spine surgery.

5. How do I know if I am a candidate for disc replacement or decompression?

Candidates are typically determined based on age, health, diagnostic tests (MRI, CT scans, X-rays), and the ineffectiveness of non-surgical treatments. A thorough consultation with our specialists will help determine suitability.

6. What should I expect during the consultation and diagnosis process?

The process includes discussing your medical history, undergoing diagnostic tests, and developing a personalized treatment plan. Our specialists will explain the expected outcomes and recovery process.

7. What happens during the disc replacement and decompression procedures?

Disc replacement involves surgically removing the damaged disc and inserting an artificial one. Spinal decompression uses a traction system to alleviate pressure on the discs. Both procedures are performed with advanced technologies to ensure optimal outcomes.

8. How long is the recovery time for disc replacement and decompression?

Recovery times vary but are generally quicker than traditional surgeries. Disc replacement may take several weeks, while spinal decompression therapy involves multiple sessions over a few weeks with gradual improvement.

9. Are there any risks or potential complications associated with these procedures?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks such as infection, nerve damage, and temporary discomfort. However, these risks are minimized with experienced surgeons and proper postoperative care.

10. What are the success rates and patient satisfaction levels for disc replacement and decompression on Long Island?

Both procedures have high success rates and patient satisfaction. Clinical studies and patient testimonials support their effectiveness in relieving pain and improving quality of life.

Ready to Start Your Journey to Pain Relief?

At Long Island Neuroscience Specialists, we are committed to helping you achieve a pain-free life through advanced disc replacement and decompression procedures. Our team of experienced specialists uses the latest technologies and techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.


Whether you are suffering from a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or another spine-related condition, we offer comprehensive care tailored to your unique needs.


By choosing disc replacement or decompression therapy, you benefit from minimally invasive treatments that offer faster recovery times, reduced pain, and improved mobility. Our personalized approach ensures that you receive the highest standard of care from consultation through recovery.


If you are ready to take the first step towards relief and improved quality of life, we invite you to contact us today to schedule your consultation. Let our experts guide you on your journey to a healthier spine and a more active, pain-free life.