Pinched nerve surgery — when is it necessary?

Pinched nerve surgery is typically reserved for patients whose symptoms of pain, tingling, muscle weakness and numbness have not been helped by conservative treatments. More often than not, patients with painful nerve compression can find relief with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, hot and or cold therapy and other conservative treatments. Those who are recommended to undergo surgery, however, may benefit from a minimally invasive procedure.

Traditional open spine surgery

Traditional open neck or back surgery for a pinched nerve focuses on removing the component of the spine that is causing nerve compression. In the case of a herniated disc, for example, a large incision is made in a patient’s neck or back to access the spine and remove all or part of the damaged disc. In some cases, a fusion is performed by inserting a bone graft and stabilizing implants into the area. Following traditional open neck or back surgery, patients can typically expect a hospital stay of one or more days and a potentially difficult rehabilitation.

Minimally invasive pinched nerve surgery

If the drawbacks of open back or neck pinched nerve surgery are unappealing to a patient, he or she may want to pursue one of the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. Unlike traditional open neck or back surgery, our procedures use muscle-sparing techniques to access the spine and relieving nerve compression. In more severe cases of spine conditions, our highly skilled surgeons can also perform minimally invasive stabilization that is our outpatient approach to fusion surgery.

Laser Spine Institute offers the following advantages:

  • An outpatient procedure
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • A patient satisfaction score of 98^
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Board-certified surgeons+

Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures that are alternatives to traditional open neck or back surgery for a pinched nerve. Our caring and dedicated team wants to make sure you have the information you need about your condition and the available treatment options to make the best decision for you.

We’re happy to provide a free MRI review* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.

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