Surgical options for nerve pain

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, low-impact exercise, pain medications, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation and herbal supplements.

It is important to know about the types of surgeries available in the event that you do not find adequate relief after several weeks or months of these conservative treatments. There are many types of spine surgery available for nerve pain, and each operation is specific to the cause, severity and location of your symptoms.

Many times, a bulging or herniated disc compresses the spinal cord or nerve root, causing nerve pain and discomfort. 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. If the bulging or herniated disc occurs in the lower back or lumbar region of the spine, these symptoms may develop in the legs and feet. To learn about the types of surgeries available to ease your nerve pain, read on.

Types of surgeries that may alleviate nerve pain

Your doctor may recommend nerve pain surgery if conservative treatment has proven ineffective. The type of surgical procedures recommended will depend on your specific 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 less than 1-inch incision and a lower risk of complication^ compared to a traditional open neck or back discectomy.
  • A nucleotomy. This is a procedure where the gel-like center of a damaged disc is removed. Pressure placed on this 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 (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 and surgical blood loss^ compared to the traditional open neck or back foraminotomy performed in a hospital.

Laser Spine Institute’s nerve pain surgery

Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive procedures to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including those that cause nerve pain. Because of our minimally invasive approach that does not unnecessarily disrupt the muscles or ligaments surrounding 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 procedures can help you rediscover a life without neck and back pain.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 100,000 patient procedures since 2005. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive nerve pain surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help guide you on your road to recovery.