Spine surgery for conditions affecting 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 by physicians, with the vertebrae labeled as C1 to C7.

Because the cervical region supports the head and stabilizes the neck, this area often develops degenerative spine conditions that occur as a result of natural aging. These conditions can so often 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.

Surgery for these conditions is usually seen as a treatment of last resort, to be considered if weeks or months of conservative treatment have not brought the relief necessary to engage in everyday activities. If you are exploring surgical options for a condition affecting the C5 and C6 vertebrae, it is important to make this decision on a confident and informed basis. We encourage you to read the following information about cervical spine surgery, including the minimally invasive outpatient surgery available at Laser Spine Institute. If you have any questions, you can also contact our caring and dedicated team to learn more.

Types of neck surgery for a cervical condition

Neck surgeries can be categorized as traditional open spine surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery.

While more invasive traditional open neck surgeries use a large incision to reach the damaged portion of the cervical spine, minimally invasive surgeries use muscle-sparing techniques. For example, at Laser Spine Institute our board-certified surgeons+ are able to access the spine with a less than 1-inch incision.

Additionally, traditional procedures can involve muscle trauma, nerve damage and increased infection risk due to being performed in a hospital setting. Because of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive outpatient approach to surgery, our patients experience less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ than patients who undergo traditional open neck surgery.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a range of minimally invasive procedures to help treat cervical spine conditions. Since 2005 we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from neck or back pain at our state-of-the-art facilities across the United States.

If you would like more information about the benefits of minimally invasive procedures, reach out to us today. Our caring team can help you receive a no-cost review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.