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 have proven ineffective, contact Laser Spine Institute (LSI) for information about our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that require much less recovery time than traditional open back surgery. Our professional staff provides a free review of your MRI or CT scan, which can help determine the procedure appropriate for your condition.
At LSI, our award-winning surgeons use endoscopic technology to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, facet disease, bone spurs and others. Our use of local anesthesia and deep IV sedation means the patient can watch on a monitor as the surgery is being performed. 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 primary spine procedures performed at LSI. 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 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 suffer from 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 LSI for more information about our revolutionary procedures to help you rediscover a life without pain.