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The New Orleans Saints broke the bank to sign Pro-Bowl safety Jairus Byrd this past March. They agreed to a 6-year, $54 Million dollar contract. Before Byrd even stepped on the field for the Saints he had to be put on the shelf for the rest of the spring.

The oft-injured safety underwent lumbar decompression surgery to correct a disc problem in his back. Coach Sean Payton said that his disc wasn’t showing any symptoms of being ruptured, but it was something that the team wanted to correct before it got too out of hand. Byrd stated that if he was closer to the season he wouldn’t have gone under the knife. There are a host of non-surgical options for a patient suffering from a herniated disc, but if they are not effective that patient must consider surgery. A lumbar microdiscectomy is minimally invasive and can be done with a relatively small 1 inch incision. This surgery has a very high success rate, so Saints fans can bet that they will see their new acquisition on the field Week 1. Byrd will begin a rigorous rehabilitation program that will focus on re-strengthening the muscles in his back in order for him to perform the way he is accustomed to. They will take special care of the small muscles around the vertebra that stabilize the spine. It is important that these are strong in order to prevent future injury.

At Spine Surgery Associates there is nothing more valuable than experience. Combined, our physicians have over 80 years of experience. We truly have a comprehensive team with skills and wisdom learned from valued time spent with thousands of patients. If you or a loved one have a spinal issue or even a question do not hesitate to contact us.