Pinched nerve surgery — when is it necessary?

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

Open back or neck surgery

Traditional open neck or back surgery for a pinched nerve focuses on removing the component of the spine that is causing neural compression. In the case of a herniated disc, for instance, a large incision is made in a patient’s neck or back and the offending disc is removed. A bone graft and stabilizing implants are then put in place to assume the space that the affected disc once occupied. Following traditional open neck or back surgery, patients typically face a lengthy hospital stay and an arduous rehabilitation.

Laser Spine Institute

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 procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute. Unlike with traditional open neck or back surgery, during our minimally invasive procedures only the portion of the spinal anatomy that is directly causing neural compression is removed. Continuing with the example of a herniated disc that is causing nerve impingement, a minimally invasive procedure will entail a small incision through which a surgeon gains access to the affected disc and removes only the herniated disc material.

Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures:

  • Are performed on an outpatient basis
  • Do not require a lengthy recovery^ – many patients return to daily activities within two weeks
  • Boast a 98 patient satisfaction rate

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Contact us to learn more about our minimally invasive procedures that are more effective alternatives to traditional open neck or back surgery for a pinched nerve.

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