Mentally preparing for neck surgery for the treatment of degenerative spine conditions

If you have chosen neck surgery as a treatment option for a cervical (neck) spine condition, it’s important to prepare yourself both physically and mentally for what to expect before and during your procedure.

By understanding what to expect before your procedure, you will help replace any fear or anxiety with confidence that you have chosen the best treatment option for your needs. Additionally, understanding what to expect during your recovery period may help you avoid injury by being aware of what you can and cannot do.

Learn about your procedure

Properly preparing for cervical, or neck, surgery should include learning more about the procedure you have chosen to treat your nerve compression.

There are two main types of neck surgery that can help treat cervical nerve compression — traditional open spine surgery and minimally invasive procedures. While both types of surgery have the same goal to relieve pain, the way the surgeries are performed is vastly different.

A traditional open neck surgery requires a large incision in the neck and sometimes the cutting or tearing of muscles around the spine, while a minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small incision, with no muscle disruption. Because of these differences, minimally invasive spine surgery offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck surgery with a shorter recovery time^ and lower risks.

Find out what to expect during your recovery

Understanding what to expect during the recovery process is another important aspect of preparing for neck surgery.

For example, if you choose to undergo traditional open neck surgery, you should know that your recovery process will most likely be long due to the high level of invasiveness of the surgery. Not only does the spine require time to heal, but also the severed muscles around your spine need time to grow back and rebuild.

On the contrary, the recovery following a minimally invasive procedure is shorter^ than the recovery following traditional open spine surgery. This is because the small incision and needs less time to heal than the highly invasive traditional spine surgery.

Additionally, recovery from a minimally invasive decompression surgery is different than recovery from a minimally invasive stabilization surgery. Knowing what to expect before and after your neck surgery may provide you with some of the following benefits:

  • Reduced stress and anxiety levels before and after surgery
  • Fewer operative and postoperative complications
  • Less postoperative pain overall
  • Less need for pain medication following surgery

Are you a candidate?

Laser Spine Institute offers many different minimally invasive neck surgery options for the treatment of degenerative spine conditions like herniated discs and spinal osteoarthritis. To find out if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can review your MRI report or CT scan and help guide you on your journey to wellness.