If the pinched nerve is severe enough, it may require surgery for long-term relief. Physical therapy, splints, and medication work for many patients, but surgery is often the best solution in particularly stubborn cases. Individuals with a pinched nerve that is not responding to other treatments should talk to a doctor about a possible surgical repair. Surgeries to repair pinched nerves are typically minimally-invasive. They require relatively short recovery periods and result in less pain than traditional procedures. The surgical procedure doctors will use depends on where the pinched nerve is. Common surgeries for pinched nerves include foraminotomies, laminectomies, microdiscectomies, anterior cervical discectomies, and spinal fusions.