Minimally invasive neck surgery
Patients who suffer from chronic neck pain understand the physical toll this pain can have on daily activities. Tasks that were once simple like sleeping or driving can become almost impossible to complete due to the constant throbbing and pain in the neck and extremities.
If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain, you may have tried several types of conservative treatment as recommended by your doctor. Treatments like physical therapy and pain medication may have seemed hopeful initially, but have not met your pain relief goals after several months of trying. Maybe at this point in your treatment regimen, your doctor has suggested spine surgery to treat the cervical condition that is causing your pain.
As you begin to research your surgical options, we encourage you to consider the minimally invasive neck surgery at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive surgery offers a safer, more effective approach to traditional open neck surgery. Take the time to contact our team about the advantages and details of our procedures so you can make a confident decision about your spine care needs.
Open neck surgery versus minimally invasive procedures
The main difference between minimally invasive neck surgery and traditional open neck surgery is that traditional open neck surgery requires overnight hospitalization and a long recovery, while minimally invasive procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.
Of course, there are other differences between minimally invasive neck surgery and traditional open neck surgery besides hospitalization and recovery. Here is a breakdown of the contrasts between the two:
- Open neck operation — Requires a large incision in the neck, removal of a large portion of the spine, insertion of metal stabilizing hardware, integration of bone graft material, and cutting of muscle and other soft tissue.
- Minimally invasive surgery — Requires only a small incision for targeted access to the spine and does not require bulky hardware or muscle disruption.
Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our procedures carry much less risk of infection and other side effects, and require a far shorter period for recuperation^ than traditional open neck surgery.
When to consider minimally invasive neck surgery
Minimally invasive neck surgery should be considered after you’ve exhausted all methods of conservative treatment for your neck pain and you are still unable to find relief.
Our team will review your MRI report or CT scan to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures. We offer two categories of minimally invasive neck surgery: decompression and stabilization. While many of our patients are recommended to receive a decompression surgery to reduce the pain and symptoms of a cervical spine condition, some patients may need a stabilization to help treat their condition and return stability to their spine.
It’s time to take the next step on your journey to pain relief and contact Laser Spine Institute. Let us help you reclaim the quality of life you deserve.