Surgery for neck pain

Surgery for neck pain is usually considered when conservative treatment options have been exhausted. Physicians will usually explore surgery last because of the highly invasive nature of traditional procedures and the hospitalization, scarring and long — often difficult — rehabilitation periods that come with them.

Laser Spine Institute

If you have been through weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment for your neck pain without being able to resume a normal active life, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are an alternative to traditional open back surgery, offering a shorter recovery time^ and less risk of complication. This is because our surgeons are able to access the spine with a smaller, muscle-sparing incision, usually less than 1-inch in length.

At Laser Spine Institute, we use state-of-the-art technology to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, facet disease, bone spurs and others. After the initial incision, often less than one inch long, our surgeons use a series of dilating tubes to push aside muscles and then use direct visualization to see the affected area and remove the necessary tissue to decompress nerves.

Our procedures

The surgery we perform for neck pain comes in two main categories — minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization. The best one for you will generally depend on the severity and causes of your neck pain and will be determined after thorough review and consultation by our team of caring professionals. Here is a basic overview of these two types of procedure:

  • Minimally invasive decompression — This type of procedure is performed on the majority of our patients and involves removing only the portion of spinal anatomy necessary to take pressure off the nerves. Specific procedures include foraminotomy, laminotomy, discectomy and facet thermal ablation.
  • Minimally invasive stabilization — Our stabilization procedures are an alternative to traditional fusion surgery, usually recommended for patients with more deterioration in the spine. This type of procedure is recommended when removal of the disc or bone spur would cause too much instability. With minimally invasive stabilization procedures like cervical disc replacement or posterior cervical fusion, our surgeons are still able to use a small incision to access the spine. Once the tissue compressing nerves has been removed, stabilizing hardware will be inserted.

If you are considering surgery for your neck pain, contact our dedicated team today for a no-cost MRI review* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.