Information about pinched nerve surgery

Pinched nerve surgery may be recommended to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or a spinal nerve root. When pressured by surrounding tissue, a nerve can sometimes transmit inaccurate messages that falsely signal pain. Compression can also affect the ability of a nerve to control the muscles it serves, leading to tingling, numbness and weakness in an arm or leg.

Generally viewed as a treatment of last resort, spinal pinched nerve surgery is usually recommended only for patients who are experiencing severe pain and limited mobility, and who do not notice an improvement with conservative treatments like physical therapy and medication. If at all possible, most patients are encouraged to avoid surgery; however, surgery is sometimes medically necessary. When this is the case, a patient may have several surgical approaches to consider, so before consenting to any surgical procedure, it’s important to take time to learn about each option. The best source of information is a trusted surgeon who can help the patient make a fully informed choice.

Spinal decompression surgery

Laser Spine Institute offers the following types of minimally invasive decompression (MID) surgery for patients who have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve. These include:

  • Discectomy — Decompresses the spinal cord or a spinal nerve root by removing a portion of a herniated or bulging disc
  • Foraminotomy — Alleviates pressure on a nerve root by widening the foraminal canal (where the nerve root exits the spinal cord)
  • Laminotomy — Relieves pressure on the spinal cord caused by spinal narrowing (stenosis) by removing a portion of the lamina
  • Facet thermal ablation — Desensitizes painful nerves in a spinal joint with the use of a laser; may be performed along with a discectomy, foraminotomy or laminotomy

Additionally, to address extensive spinal deterioration or strengthen an unstable spinal segment, a surgeon at Laser Spine Institute might recommend a minimally invasive stabilization (MIS) procedure.

The skilled orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons at Laser Spine Institute perform minimally invasive pinched nerve surgery on an outpatient basis as an alternative to traditional open spine surgery. Our advanced techniques use small incisions that cause less muscle disruption and scarring compared to open spine surgery and we encourage most of our patients to walk within a few hours of surgery.^

Find out if Laser Spine Institute can help

To find out whether you’re a candidate for minimally invasive, outpatient pinched nerve surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today to receive an MRI review at no cost.*

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