In most cases, surgery for neck pain should not be considered until more conservative treatments have been tried without success. Most neck pain symptoms can be managed or alleviated completely through exercise, behavior modification or other non-surgical treatment. For some, though, surgery might be the only way to find relief from chronic or acute neck pain.
When weeks or months of non-surgical treatment facet disease, bone spurs and others. During our endoscopic spine procedures, a tube is inserted into a small incision. A laser, camera and other surgical tools are threaded through the tube in order to treat the source of your neck pain or back pain.
At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, facet disease, bone spurs and others. During our endoscopic spine procedures, a tube is inserted into a small incision. A laser, camera and other surgical tools are threaded through the tube in order to treat the source of your neck pain or back pain.
The following are the four endoscopic spine procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. The one suitable for the treatment of your condition depends on what is found in your MRI, X-ray or CT scan as the causes of neck pain and back pain:
- Foraminotomy is used to relieve pressure on nerves that are compressed by the intervertebral foramen, the space in the vertebra where the nerve root exits the spinal canal.
- Laminotomy is used to relieve pressure off the spinal canal and create more space for the neural tissue, thereby releasing a compressed nerve or nerves.
- Endoscopic discectomy is the surgical removal of herniated or bulging disc material that presses on a nerve root or on the spinal cord. This procedure is an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery.
- Facet thermal ablation uses a laser to deaden the pain-causing nerve of facet joints, which are structures that connect the vertebrae and support the movement of your spine.
Some patients have more than one condition, in which case multiple spine procedures can be performed together to limit the investment of time and expense. If you are considering surgery for your neck pain, contact the professionals at Laser Spine Institute for more information about our minimally invasive procedures that can help you find relief from neck pain.