Neck surgery at the C5 and C6 vertebrae
The neck is composed of the first seven vertebrae of the spine that travel from the base of the skull to the shoulders; this is referred to as the cervical spine.
Because the cervical spine is responsible for supporting the weight of the head and stabilizing the movement of the neck, this area is often susceptible to developing degenerative spine conditions that occur with the natural wear and tear of the body. These conditions usually occur at the C5 and C6 vertebrae, because those are lower on the cervical spine, which means that they support more weight and motion from the head.
If you have been diagnosed with a degenerative spine condition in the cervical spine, you should consult your physician about treatment options available to you. Your physician will likely start you on a regimen of conservative therapy. While conservative treatment is effective for many people, you may want to consider spine surgery if several months of conservative treatment has not provided you with lasting pain relief.
Types of neck surgery for a cervical condition
Neck surgeries can be categorized as traditional open neck surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
While invasive surgeries use a large incision to reach the damaged portion of the cervical spine, minimally invasive surgeries are able to treat moderate to severe spine conditions through a small incision, usually about 1 inch in length.
Additionally, invasive operations can involve muscle trauma, nerve damage or structural spine alterations. Minimally invasive procedures, however, focus on releasing nerve pressure without disrupting any surrounding tissue. Because of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive approach to surgery, patients who undergo minimally invasive surgery often experience a shorter recovery time^ than patients who choose traditional open neck surgery.
Laser Spine Institute minimally invasive cervical surgery
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several types of minimally invasive surgery to help treat cervical spine conditions and other spine conditions. Our procedures have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from chronic neck and back pain, and we are confident that we can help you find pain relief.
If you would like more information about the benefits of minimally invasive procedures, don’t hesitate to contact us at Laser Spine Institute. We use advanced technology to perform minimally invasive, outpatient procedures. Let us help you find relief from neck and back pain.