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 through the following article may help you avoid injury by being aware of what you can and cannot do.

Learn about your neck surgery

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 6- to 8-inch 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 of infection and complication.^

Find out what to expect during your neck surgery 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 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 for minimally invasive neck surgery?

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 learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We are here to help guide you on your journey to wellness.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has helped thousands of patients each year find lasting relief from chronic neck and back pain. We offer a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient neck surgery and help you recapture your quality of life from chronic pain and discomfort.