Understand your options for pinched nerve surgery

By Michael Perry, M.D.

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.

If you have been recommended for pinched nerve surgery by your doctor, it is important for you to review the surgical options available to you. There are many types of spine surgery that can treat pinched nerve symptoms depending on the cause of the nerve compression. Be sure to research the types of surgery related to your specific spine condition, and then research the variations of that surgery (i.e. traditional open surgery or minimally invasive) to determine the most beneficial option for you.

Minimally invasive decompression surgery for a pinched nerve

The clinically appropriate first choice for surgery can often be minimally invasive surgery over traditional open spine surgery. The reason for this is that minimally invasive surgery poses a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery time^ comparatively.

At Laser Spine Institute, we are the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, performing more spine surgeries a year than any other spine surgery center.^ When you are researching your pinched nerve surgery options, it’s important to understand there are many types of pinched nerve surgeries that may be recommended depending on your 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.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer 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 reduce the incision size and the cutting of muscle tissue associated with traditional open back surgeries. Many of our patients begin to see improvement the same day of their surgery .^ We also perform 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 team can answer any of your questions or concerns. Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.*

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