Facet disease surgery

Facet disease surgery is a treatment designed to surgically remove pressure on a pinched nerve near the facet joints of the spine.

Typically, facet disease surgery is reserved for patients who have exhausted all conservative treatment options and are still suffering from chronic pain and discomfort. If you find yourself still enduring the chronic pain of facet disease after several months of conservative, nonsurgical treatment, you should begin to consider facet disease surgery to help you get back to your active lifestyle.

Before deciding which procedure is appropriate for your needs, you should consult your physician about the cause of your facet disease and the treatment options available to you. In order to make a confident decision about your treatment, take a moment to research the possible benefits and risks of the surgical options available.

Open spine surgery for facet disease

The most common type of traditional open facet disease surgery is known as spinal fusion. During this type of operation, the damaged disc that separates the arthritis-damaged vertebrae is removed and replaced with a bone graft. The surrounding vertebrae are stabilized with surgical implants, causing that region of the spine to be permanently immobilized.

One of the biggest risks of traditional open spine surgery is that it is an extremely invasive operation that will require months of recovery and rehabilitation in order to regain full strength and mobility. Additionally, there is a significant risk of complication or even failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) due to the cutting and detachment of the major back muscles during the procedure.

A safer alternative for facet disease

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a minimally invasive, outpatient alternative to traditional open spine facet disease surgery known as facet thermal ablation. During this minimally invasive procedure, our expert surgeons will remove the swelling and inflammation within the facet joint and then deaden the nerve within the joint to reduce the pain. Because of the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, our patients experience a shorter recovery time,^ lower risk of infection or complication, and higher patient satisfaction rates than patients who choose traditional open back surgery.

To learn more about facet disease surgery and to schedule your initial consultation, contact Laser Spine Institute today.