Pinched nerve surgery
Pinched nerve surgery for the neck or back is reserved for patients who experience pain and limited mobility from a pinched nerve and have already tried nonsurgical treatment methods without success. Learning that you’ll have to resort to surgery to treat your pinched nerve symptoms can be unsettling, but the good news is there are different surgical approaches to choose from, giving you the freedom to select the option you feel most comfortable with.
Minimally invasive decompression procedures
In order to alleviate the symptoms of a pinched nerve, surgical decompression is occasionally considered when conservative, nonsurgical treatments fail to provide acceptable results. However, it’s important to understand there are many types of pinched nerve surgeries that may be recommended depending on a patient’s specific condition and pathology. For instance, at Laser Spine Institute, we offer four primary minimally invasive decompression procedures for patients who have been diagnosed with a pinched nerve. These include:
- Laminotomy — A surgeon carefully removes a portion of the lamina, which is a part of the vertebra that covers the spinal cord.
- Foraminotomy — The foramen (opening) in between the vertebrae where a nerve root has space to branch off the spinal cord is widened, alleviating pressure on the nerve root.
- Discectomy — The portion of the herniated or bulging disc irritating the spinal nerve is removed or reduced.
- Facet thermal ablation — The affected nerve ending within a vertebral joint is deadened, inhibiting the body’s ability to detect arthritic pain in the region.
Laser Spine Institute offers the above minimally invasive decompression procedures to treat pinched nerves and other degenerative spinal conditions, and we perform these procedures on an outpatient basis. Our minimally invasive pinched nerve surgery involves techniques that drastically cut down on the incision size and the cutting of muscle tissue associated with traditional open back surgeries. At Laser Spine Institute, some patients begin to see improvement the same day of their surgery. Laser Spine Institute also performs minimally invasive stabilization procedures for patients with more advanced spinal degeneration.
Learn more about our surgeries for a pinched spinal nerve
If you’ve been diagnosed with a pinched nerve and are tired of living with its painful symptoms, it may be time to consider the minimally invasive procedures offered by Laser Spine Institute. Our caring staff can answer any of your questions or concerns, so contact us today to schedule your MRI scan review.