What you should know about a minimally invasive compressed nerve procedure

A large number of people who experience neck or back pain and other symptoms related to nerve compression can manage these symptoms without surgery. Conservative treatment can be effective for a range of spine conditions that cause nerve compression in different locations of the spine. Your doctor can help you develop a combination of conservative treatments such as pain medication, physical therapy, exercise and rest to give you a personalized path to recovery.

However, some patients find that no matter what combination of conservative methods they attempt, their symptoms persist and remain debilitating after several weeks or months. At that point surgery might become an option.

Minimally invasive versus traditional open neck or back surgery

A surgeon can take two main approaches to performing a compressed nerve procedure: traditional open spine surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery. The goal of both is to eliminate the underlying cause of the compressed nerve, but there are some key differences:

Traditional open neck or back surgery typically involves:

  • A large incision, often 5 to 6 inches in length
  • Disruption of surrounding muscle tissue
  • Overnight hospitalization
  • A long and potentially difficult rehabilitation

A minimally invasive compressed nerve procedure requires only:

  • A small incision, potentially less than 1 inch in length
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • An outpatient procedure

Minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute have an infection rate of 0.41 percent, compared to the up to 19 percent infection rate of open neck or back surgery in a hospital setting.^

If you are considering surgery to treat your nerve compression, learn more about the minimally invasive procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute. Since 2005, our board-certified surgeons+ have been able to help more than 75,000 patients relieve their neck and back pain.

Contact us today to learn more and to receive your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.