When is a neck operation necessary?

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 treatments 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 and educate yourself about the surgical options available to you through the following article.

Treating neck pain conservatively

Common conservative treatments for neck pain include:

  • Pain medication
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatories

For many patients, several weeks or months of nonsurgical treatments help to reduce the pain and discomfort 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, it is common for cervical spine pain to result from degenerative disc disease. As the discs between vertebrae wear down after years of use, conditions such as a herniated disc or bulging disc can occur and lead to symptoms like pain, numbness, weakness or tingling. Other common cervical spine conditions can include bone spurs, arthritis of the spine (osteoarthritis), spinal stenosis and foraminal stenosis.

An alternative neck operation

While a neck operation is typically considered a last resort treatment, patients still have the option to choose a less invasive alternative to traditional open neck surgery. In fact, the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute offers a clinically appropriate alternative to open neck or back surgery.^ Contact us today to find out how we can help you on your journey to wellness.

Our minimally invasive procedures offer patients a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgery. The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute use a small incision, that does not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding the spine, which allows our patients to experience the lasting relief they deserve.

Since 2005, our minimally invasive spine surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients rediscover their lives from their neck or back conditions. Now it’s your time to take back your life from chronic neck pain. Reach out to Laser Spine Institute and ask for a free MRI review* to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive neck operations.