Nerve pain surgery

Nerve pain, also known as neuralgia, does not require surgery in most cases. Typically, symptoms can be treated with a series of conservative and alternative treatments, which may include:

  • Rest
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Pain medications
  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Herbal supplements

It is important to know about the types of surgeries available, however, in case you do not find relief through these nonsurgical treatments. There are many types of spine surgery available for nerve pain, and each operation is specific to the cause and location of the pain.

Many times, a bulging or herniated disc compresses, or pinches, the spinal cord or a nerve root, causing nerve pain directly at the pinched site. If the degenerative disc occurs in the cervical spine (neck), symptoms of pain, weakness, numbness and tingling may radiate down into the shoulder blades, arms and hands. Conversely, those symptoms may develop in the legs and feet if the bulging or herniated disc occurs in the lower back, or lumbar region of the spine.

Types of surgeries that may alleviate nerve pain

Your doctor may recommend spine surgery if several months of conservative treatment have proven ineffective. The type of surgery recommended will depend on the cause and severity of your condition.

Three common types of spine surgery include:

  • A discectomy — This is a procedure involving the removal of a damaged disc to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. A minimally invasive discectomy surgery at Laser Spine Institute can accomplish the same removal, but with a smaller incision and lower risk of complication compared to a traditional open neck or back discectomy.
  • A nucleotomy — This is a procedure where the nucleus pulposus (soft core material) of a damaged disc is removed. Pressure placed on this jelly-like inner material can cause bulging and herniated discs. Removing a portion of the nucleus may release pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. A percutaneous nucleotomy can achieve the same removal without the large incision required in open back surgery.
  • A foraminotomy — This procedure removes scar tissue, bone, disc material, or another substance blocking a foramen, which is the canal that nerve roots pass through. A laminotomy removes a small piece of bone from a vertebral lamina, which arches around and protects the spinal cord. Both procedures may aid in decompression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. Laser Spine Institute performs minimally invasive foraminotomy and laminotomy procedures on an outpatient basis to reduce the risk of infection compared to the traditional open neck or back foraminotomy performed in a hospital.

Laser Spine Institute

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive, outpatient procedures to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including those that cause nerve pain. Because of our minimally invasive approach to the spine, our spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery.^

Contact us today to find out if our advanced techniques can help you rediscover a life without back and neck pain.