Surgical options for a pinched nerve

Often, a pinched nerve can be treated with nonsurgical methods, such as physical therapy and pain medication. These conservative treatments should be prescribed by your doctor and monitored over several weeks or months to measure any pain relief. If conservative treatments do not provide you with lasting pain relief from your pinched nerve, surgery may be considered.

Spine surgery is almost always considered the last resort option when all other treatments have failed. The ultimate goal of pinched nerve surgery is to remove pressure on the pinched nerve by removing the damaged part of the spine that is pressing against it. The most common causes of a pinched nerve in the spine include a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spur and other degenerative spine conditions. The spine surgery you receive will be dependent on the cause of your pinched nerve.

Generally speaking, pinched nerve surgeries fall into one of two categories — traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. While both types of procedures strive to achieve nerve decompression, they are quite different in application. To learn about the differences between these surgical procedures as well as what sets Laser Spine Institute apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, read the following article.

Traditional pinched nerve surgery

During traditional open spine surgery, a surgeon accesses the spinal column through a large incision in the back that is 6 to 8 inches in length, often cutting and tearing through the muscles around the spine. One of the most common types of open spine surgery is known as spinal fusion, where a degenerated disc is removed and replaced with a bone graft. The surrounding vertebrae are stabilized with rods and screws, and the graft eventually permanently fuses the bone together.

Minimally invasive pinched nerve surgery

The minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to open spine surgery.^ During our procedures, a board-certified surgeon+ will make a small incision in the back that spares the surrounding muscles. The damaged disc is then removed and replaced with an artificial disc and bone graft. This is considered a minimally invasive stabilization surgery.

Since this surgery is minimally invasive, patients experience a shorter recovery time compared to patients who choose traditional open spine surgery as well as a patient satisfaction score of 98 out of 100.^ Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, our commitment to minimally invasive procedures allowed us to help more than 75,000 patients get their lives back from chronic neck and back conditions like a pinched nerve in the spine. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery, reach out to our dedicated team and ask for a free MRI review.* We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

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