Nova Neurosurgical was formed on January 1, 2013, by the merger of the Triad’s leading neurosurgery groups — Vanguard Brain & Spine and Carolina Neurosurgery — into a single practice. Plans to combine offices and services are currently underway, so patients will continue to visit their current office until notified that the new facility is complete.
Disc herniation is a rupture of fibrocartilagenous material (annulus fibrosis) that surrounds the intervertebral disc. This rupture involves the release of the disc’s center portion containing a gelatinous substance called the nucleus pulposus. Pressure from the vertebrae above and below may cause the nucleus pulposus to be forced outward, placing pressure on a spinal nerve and causing considerable pain and damage to the nerve. This condition most frequently occurs in the lumbar region and is also commonly called herniated nucleus pulposus, prolapsed disc, ruptured intervertebral disc, or slipped disc.