What to consider when you are recommended for C5-C6 fusion surgery
Patients who have a compressed spinal nerve around the C5-C6 vertebrae of the cervical (upper) spine might experience pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness in the neck, upper back, arm or fingers. If you are experiencing this type of chronic pain and you are finding that the pain is limiting your activities and lifestyle, there are many treatment options.
C5-C6 cervical pain can be treated with both conservative and surgical methods. Before consenting to C5-C6 fusion or any other kind of spine surgery, it is important that you first attempt to manage your pain and symptoms by working with your doctor to develop a course of conservative treatment methods. If you have tried conservative treatment methods for an extended amount of time, and have not found lasting pain relief, it might be time to discuss different options with your physician. Laser Spine Institute is committed to patient-centered care and wants to help you make decisions on an as-informed basis as possible. Contact our caring and dedicated team if you have any questions or want to learn about your treatment options.
What is conservative cervical spine treatment?
Conservative pain management is anything you can do externally to help reduce the pain caused by a spine condition. A few common examples of conservative treatment include:
- Nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic treatment
- Restorative yoga or stretching exercises
- Corticosteroid injections
- Hot/cold therapy
When finding a conservative pain management plan, it is important that you communicate with your doctor about what you are experiencing during the treatment sessions to help him or her find the right combination of treatments for you. That’s why it is so important to maintain an open line of communication with your doctor or physical therapist, so you can give regular progress reports and immediately inform the physician’s office if your symptoms worsen.
When to consent to C5-C6 minimally invasive fusion surgery
In general, if conservative treatment has proven ineffective over the course of several weeks or months, it might be time to consider surgery. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all of your surgical options before deciding on the best course of action.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer an outpatient alternative to traditional spine fusion with our minimally invasive stabilization procedures. Our procedures are performed through a small incision and with the use of muscle-sparing techniques. That means you will have minimal scarring, shorter recovery time^ and lower chance of infection compared to traditional open neck or open back surgery.
To learn more about our procedures, state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled surgeons, reach out to us today. We are happy to offer a no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.