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Minimally invasive surgery for cervical spine issues

Most people will be able to find relief for neck pain and other symptoms in the cervical (upper) spine without surgery. Surgery for a degenerative condition may be considered only when months of conservative (nonsurgical) treatments fail to provide relief. If neck or back surgery seems like your best option for neck or back pain relief, research all treatment possibilities carefully before you make a final decision.

Symptoms of nerve compression in the cervical spine

Surgery for degenerative cervical spine conditions can help to decompress the spinal cord or a cervical nerve root, relieving radiculopathic symptoms. Radiculopathic symptoms are characterized by radiating pain, tingling, numbness and weakness radiating from the neck into the upper back, shoulders, arms and hands. These symptoms can sometimes occur if you are experiencing a bulging disc, herniated disc, bone spur or other anatomical abnormality.

Cervical spine decompression surgery

Depending on your particular situation, you may have a choice between two cervical spine decompression options: open neck surgery or minimally invasive decompression.

Open neck surgery — An open neck surgery typically requires a large incision in the neck or throat, muscle disruption and removal of vertebral bone and/or soft tissues impinging upon the spinal cord or a nerve root. If a large portion of spinal anatomy must be removed, the affected area of the spine may require a fusion procedure. Spinal fusion involves the insertion of bone grafts and stabilizing hardware, such as a support cage, rods and screws to fuse two vertebrae together. Hospitalization is required, along with a lengthy recovery. Full range of motion will never be restored to the fused area of the spine.

Minimally invasive decompression — During a minimally invasive decompression procedure, the surgeon is able to spare surrounding muscles and tissue from being cut or torn. Using a small incision, the surgeon is able to insert the necessary surgical instruments, successfully decompressing the nerve. Minimally invasive decompression at Laser Spine Institute is performed on an outpatient basis, offering you the benefits of a reduced risk of infection, less surgical blood loss and no lengthy recovery.^

Minimally invasive decompression in Scottsdale

At Laser Spine Institute in Scottsdale, we offer a number of minimally invasive decompression procedures to treat degenerative neck and back conditions. These include:

  • Foraminotomy — Relieves pressure on the nerve root as it exits through the foraminal canal
  • Laminotomy — Relieves pressure on the spinal cord compressed by spinal stenosis
  • Discectomy — Removes the portion of a herniated disc or bulging disc that is pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord
  • Facet thermal ablation — Deadens the painful nerves in the facet joint, using a laser

Find out if you are a candidate

Call a member of our Care Team today for your MRI review and to find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive decompression. We want to help you find pain relief, so that you can get back to work and back to your daily routine. Let us know how we can help you heal.