Neck surgery for C6-C7 nerve compression

If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc or another degenerative spine condition in the C6–C7 vertebrae of your neck, you are most likely seeking treatment options that will reduce your pain and symptoms.

The cervical spine (neck) is particularly susceptible to developing degenerative spine conditions because the vertebrae are responsible for not only supporting the weight of the head but also stabilizing the neck during movement. Because of the continual wear that occurs with repetitive movements, the discs in the cervical spine are prone to gradual deterioration.

If a disc between the C6 and C7 vertebrae becomes compressed and begins to degenerate, the neck may experience some instability. This alone does not cause pain or symptoms, but they will develop if the damaged disc impacts a local nerve root in the spinal canal.

Symptoms of C6–C7 nerve compression

At each level of the cervical spine, nerve roots branch off the spinal cord in order to send and receive sensory and motor messages with the brain. When a degenerative disc disease moves a damaged disc into the spinal canal, these nerve roots can become irritated, or pinched. When this occurs at the C6–C7 level near the base of the neck, the following symptoms can occur:

  • Localized pain in the location of the nerve impingement
  • Weakness in the triceps muscle along the back of one or both arms
  • Weakness in the finger extensor muscles
  • Pain in the triceps, radiating down the back of the arm, the wrists and into the middle finger
  • Numbness in the triceps, radiating down into the middle finger
  • Tingling in the triceps, radiating down into the middle finger

When neck surgery at the C6–C7 level becomes an option

Should these symptoms remain unbearable after several weeks or months of conservative treatment, you may be recommended to undergo spine surgery to treat your condition.

Although traditional open spine surgery can be used to treat disc damage, it is a highly invasive operation that requires months of recuperation. However, there is an alternative. More than 75,000 patients have found relief through our minimally invasive surgery at Laser Spine Institute. We can schedule a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for our state-of-the-art procedures.

Our outpatient procedures require no lengthy recovery as well as a safer and effective approach to traditional open neck procedures,^ allowing our patients to experience lower risk of complication than patients who undergo traditional open neck surgery.

For more information about how our procedures can help you find pain relief, contact Laser Spine Institute today.