What types of neck surgery can treat upper spine conditions?

Facing the decision to undergo neck surgery can be overwhelming. You are exhausted from suffering from chronic neck pain and you are frustrated that the conservative treatments and medications are not providing you with the lasting relief needed to enjoy life. Maybe you’re also a little scared that the risks involved with traditional open neck surgery will outweigh the possible benefits and you may end up in a worse state than you started.

At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the difficulty of considering neck surgery to treat your condition. That is why we value educating patients about the types of surgery available so you can make a more informed decision about your spine care needs.

As you research the types of surgery available to you, we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your condition or one of the procedures. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

Types of traditional open neck surgery

Many types of traditional open neck surgery involve several days of hospitalization immediately following the surgery and a long, often difficult, recovery period. The goal of traditional open neck surgery is to relieve pressure placed on a nerve root by a damaged or abnormal component of the spine, usually a disc or part of a vertebra.

Here are some of the commonly performed traditional open spine procedures for the cervical (upper) region:

  • Facetectomy — partial removal of the joints where the vertebrae meet, known as the facet joints
  • Laminectomy — removal of a bony plate, called the lamina, that forms the back of the vertebral arch
  • Laminoplasty — reshaping the lamina to allow more space for nerve roots
  • Discectomy — removal of a spinal disc, usually in cases of degenerative disc disease
  • Corpectomy — removal of the entire vertebral body, followed by replacement with metal or plastic hardware and/or intervertebral body fusion using bone graft material

Minimally invasive spine surgery

Since 2005, more than 75,000 patients have avoided these highly invasive types of open neck surgery by turning to Laser Spine Institute for help.

Unlike traditional open neck surgery that involves a large incision, muscle tearing and high risk of infection and complications, our minimally invasive procedures are performed through a small incision that spare the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. Because of our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery, our surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures, which means our patients are able to be up and walking just hours after surgery.^

For more information about the benefits of our minimally invasive neck surgery and other procedures, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.