Neck operations are procedures used to treat the painful symptoms caused by common spine conditions in the cervical spine (neck). These procedures are often recommended after a series of conservative treatment has been exhausted and the pain is still affecting a patient’s quality of life.
If you are suffering from chronic neck pain and you are considering a neck operation, consult your physician first about any conservative treatments that can be used to relieve your pain. Common conservative treatments for neck pain include:
- Pain medication
- Chiropractic treatment
- Physical therapy
- Other nonsurgical options
For many patients, several months of nonsurgical treatments help to reduce the pain and symptoms of a neck condition. However, some patients will not find relief through these methods and may be recommended for a neck operation.
Conditions treated by a neck operation
Although neck pain can develop from trauma, such as whiplash or muscle strain, many patients seek relief from cervical spine pain resulting from degenerative disc disease. As the discs between vertebrae wear down after years of use, conditions such as herniated disc or bulging disc can occur and result in symptoms like numbness, weakness or tingling.
Other common cervical spine conditions can include:
- Bone spurs
- Arthritis of the spine (osteoarthritis)
- Spinal stenosis
- Foraminal stenosis
An alternative neck operation
While a neck operation is typically considered a last resort treatment, patients still have the option to choose an alternative to traditional open neck surgery. In fact, the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute has many advantages over traditional open spine surgery.
Our minimally invasive procedures offer patients a smaller incision, which means lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgery. For this reason, minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate first choice for treatment between the two choices.
It’s your time to take back your life from chronic neck pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine procedures.