Neck surgery — options at Laser Spine Institute

The thought of undergoing neck surgery can be overwhelming, and you should carefully consider all surgical options before agreeing to any specific procedure. While highly invasive open neck surgery is a commonly recommended option, the minimally invasive techniques performed by the surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are an alternative with many benefits including a shorter recovery time^ and less scarring.

The state-of-the-art outpatient procedures offered at Laser Spine Institute can effectively relieve nerve compression in the cervical (upper) spine caused by conditions like bulging discs, herniated discs, bone spurs and facet disease. If you are considering neck surgery and are interested in avoiding the risks and difficulties that can accompany traditional surgery, then reading about the full range of surgical options can help you make a more informed decision.

Types of neck surgery available

The most common type of surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute is minimally invasive decompression procedures. This goal of a decompression procedure is to remove only the portion of tissue that is putting pressure on the nerve while keeping the overall stability of the spine intact.

During a minimally invasive decompression procedure, one of our surgeons will make a small incision in the neck near the location of nerve compression. Next, he or she will insert a series of tubes that increase in size into the incision to slowly and carefully part the tissues from the surface of the skin down to the spine. Necessary equipment including a camera and small surgical tools can be funneled through this opening. Once the surgeon has the tools in position to work on the affected area of the neck, one of the following procedures may be performed:

  • Laminotomy — A laminotomy involves the removal of lamina bone, or the thin plates that form a protective arch around the back of the spinal cord, to relieve pressure on a nerve tissue; the procedure may also involve removing bone spurs in the process.
  • Foraminotomy — This procedure involves the removal of bone surrounding a foramen (one of the canals through which the spinal nerve roots travel) to relieve pressure on a neural structure; bone spurs may also be removed in the process.
  • Discectomy — Discectomy is the removal of a portion of bulging or herniated disc material compressing a neural structure.
  • Facet thermal ablation — This involves the cleaning of an arthritic facet joint and the deadening of the nerve ending that allows the facet joint to feel pain (similar to a root canal).

For patients with more severe conditions who have been recommended for a fusion, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive stabilization procedures. These procedures involve the insertion of stabilizing hardware for conditions that require removal of large amounts of tissue, such as a full spinal disc.

Find out if you’re a candidate

Contact our dedicated team today to find out if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute. We can tell you how to get a no-cost MRI review* to see if one of our procedures can help you get relief from neck or back pain.