Surgical options for facet disease

Facet disease surgery is a treatment designed to surgically remove pressure on a pinched nerve near the facet joints of the spine. Typically, this procedure 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 facet disease symptoms after several weeks or months of conservative 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 doctor 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 to you. For any questions or concerns regarding facet disease surgery, contact the spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute.

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 between six months to a year 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 through a large 6- to 8-inch incision.

Minimally invasive alternatives for facet disease

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine facet disease surgery,^ known as facet thermal ablation. During this minimally invasive procedure, our board-certified 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 and a lower risk of complication compared to patients who choose traditional open back surgery, earning us a patient satisfaction score of 98.^ To find out if you are a potential candidate for our facet disease surgery and to schedule a free MRI review,* reach out to our dedicated team today.