Neck Surgery Articles

Treating Segmental Instability in the Cervical Spine
Segmental instability in the cervical spine (neck) describes any type of spine condition that causes the anatomy of the spine to change and instability to occur. An example of this would be if a herniated disc developed in the cervical spine and compressed a nerve root in the spinal canal. The herniated...

How Cervical Instability Is Treated
Cervical instability refers to structural degeneration in the cervical (upper) region of the spine, which can lead to pain and impaired movement. There are seven vertebrae in the neck, stacked from the base of the skull downward. These vertebrae support the weight of the head and allow for basic movements...

Surgery for Bone Spurs in the Neck
If you are considering surgery for bone spurs in your neck, first be sure that you and your physician have exhausted all conservative treatment options. Treatment of any kind probably won’t be necessary unless the protruding bony growth –known as an osteophyte – begins to compress or impinge a...

Surgery for a Bulging Disc in the Neck
Many patients diagnosed with a bulging disc in the cervical spine (neck) are able to effective treat the symptoms of the condition with conservative methods of treatment, such as pain medication, physical therapy, massage, behavior modification and other non-operative methods. However, if several months...

Surgery for a Herniated Disc in the Neck
Surgery for a herniated disc in the neck normally can be avoided through a course of conservative treatment. More than 90 percent of patients find relief using over-the-counter or prescription medication, along with physical therapy, massage and other conservative methods. Recent research has also shown...

Types of Neck Surgery to Treat Cervical Spine Conditions
Facing the decision to undergo neck surgery can be overwhelming. You are exhausted from suffering from chronic neck pain and you are frustrated that the conservative treatments and medications are not providing you with the lasting relief needed to enjoy life. Maybe you’re also a little scared that...

Cervical (Neck) Surgery Recovery
Your recovery period after cervical (neck) surgery depends on the type of procedure you received. For example, if you underwent a traditional open neck surgery, your recovery period will most likely be much longer than if you underwent minimally invasive surgery. Traditional open neck surgery requires...

Surgery for a Pinched Nerve in the Neck
Rarely does surgery for a pinched nerve in the neck become necessary. A pinched, or compressed, nerve in the cervical spine can cause localized pain, radiating pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness in the upper body. These symptoms normally can be managed using pain medication, physical therapy,...

Neck Surgery at the C6–C7 Level
If you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc or another degenerative spine condition in the C6–C7 vertebrae of your neck, you are most likely seeking treatment options that will reduce your pain and symptoms. The cervical spine (neck) is particularly susceptible to developing degenerative spine...

Does a Bulging Disc in the Neck Require Surgery Right Away?
Living with the pain of a bulging disc in the neck can be mentally and physically exhausting. Often, the symptoms of a bulging disc in the neck include chronic headaches and pain that radiates from the neck into the arm and hand. These serious conditions can prevent you from enjoying your daily activities...

Failed Neck Surgery
Failed neck surgery is a subcategory of a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Failed back surgery syndrome occurs when a back surgery or fusion does not alleviate the original pain and symptoms, and sometimes causes even more pain and symptoms than were originally present. Depending...

Recovery From Neck Surgery
Patients facing a decision to undergo cervical (neck) fusion surgery to treat a spine condition should consider all of the surgical treatment options available before deciding on a definitive treatment option. One of the most important aspects of surgery to consider is the recovery time. Having a spine...

If You Have a Herniated Disc in your Neck, Surgery Isn’t Your Only Option
Are you experiencing pain resulting from a herniated disc in your neck? If so, surgery isn’t your only option. In fact, numerous treatments can help alleviate your neck pain without requiring the time, lengthy hospitalization and recovery typically associated with traditional open spine surgery. Conservative...

ACDF Neck Surgery Overview
Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) neck surgery is a traditional open neck fusion that removes a degenerative disc from the cervical spine (neck) and fuses together the two surrounding vertebrae to stabilize the spine. This surgery is used to treat severe spine conditions that involve damaged...

What to Expect After Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery
Perhaps the most notable aspect of minimally invasive neck surgery is how easy the recovery process can be. These procedures are commonly conducted as outpatient procedures across the country because their recovery period is nowhere near as arduous as with a traditional open spine operation. That being...

What to Expect After Cervical Spine Surgery
Recovering after a cervical (upper) spine surgery can be difficult because it requires patience and diligence in order to promote a healthy healing process. Those undergoing a traditional open neck surgery can expect to experience differences in the recovery period compared to minimally invasive cervical...

Neck Disc Replacement Surgery vs. Spine Fusion
If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition that has damaged a disc in your neck, such as a herniated disc or bulging disc, you are most likely searching for a treatment option that will effectively reduce your pain and symptoms. For many patients, conservative treatments such as physical therapy...

Treating a Bulging Disc Without Neck Surgery
For those who have lived for months with the constant painful reminder of their bulging disc, the appeal of neck surgery is understandable. Often coming out of seemingly nowhere, a bulging disc can produce debilitating neck pain, leaving formerly active people restricted in their daily activities and...

Pinched Nerve Surgery — What to Consider
After months of unsuccessful conservative treatment and persistent neck pain, patients with a cervical (upper) spine condition often turn to surgery in the hope of regaining quality of life. Many of the symptoms of a cervical spine condition are caused by a pinched nerve — with the goal of surgery...

Surgical Options to Treat Neck Vertebrae Conditions
Neck pain is something nearly everyone experiences at some point in their life, but for some people it can become chronic and debilitating. Whether it’s caused by a muscle strain, repetitive motion injury or an age-related spine condition, persistent neck pain can be very disruptive to your everyday...

What to Look For in a Neck Surgery Center
If you are trying to find lasting relief from neck pain, but conservative treatments have not proven effective, neck surgery can start to become a serious option. This is an important decision, and while you should work closely with your primary care doctor and take his or her referral as a serious consideration,...

Surgery for a Bone Spur in the Neck
If you are experiencing lasting pain from a bone spur and considering neck surgery because conservative options have not brought relief, it is important to make a well-informed decision. This is why it is helpful to get a better understanding of your condition as well as all of the surgical options available....

Spinal Arthritis and Neck Surgery
Neck pain, stiffness and other symptoms related to arthritis of the spine can be debilitating and take you away from enjoying a high quality of life. Conservative treatments can be effective in helping to manage pain and improve mobility, but neck surgery to treat spinal arthritis can become a serious...

What Conditions Require Cervical Spinal Neck Surgery?
Although there are cases when spinal conditions in the cervical (upper) region can require neck surgery, a very large number of patients are able to successfully manage their neck pain and related symptoms with conservative treatments. Options like physical therapy, pain medication, stretching, mild...

Neck Surgery at the C5 and C6 Vertebrae
The neck is composed of the first seven vertebrae of the spine that travel from the base of the skull to the shoulders. This is referred to as the cervical spine by physicians, with the vertebrae labeled as C1 to C7. Because the cervical region supports the head and stabilizes the neck, this area often...

Surgery of the Neck
Surgery of the neck is a procedure performed in the cervical region of the spine, which includes vertebrae C1 to C7. These seven cervical vertebrae control head and neck movement, but they also serve as a structure for your head to sit on. C1 is the atlas vertebrae, which connects the skull to the spine,...

What Kinds of Neck Surgeries Treat Spine Conditions?
There are many neck surgeries that can be performed to treat degenerative spine conditions affecting the cervical (upper) spine. If you have been suffering from chronic neck pain and are considering surgery because conservative treatments have not brought you relief, choosing among the different approaches...

When to Consider Spine Surgery for Neck Pain
If your life is being affected by debilitating neck pain that has been lasting for too long, you may be wondering if spine surgery is your best treatment option. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most forms of neck pain can improve with time and conservative treatment. Even If your neck...

Neck Pain After Surgery
It is not uncommon to experience some neck pain after surgery. The surgery itself, combined with frequent sessions of physical therapy and stretches, can certainly cause soreness and stiffness in the neck, both of which should resolve over time. However, there is a difference between normal postsurgical...

Considerations for Back and Neck Surgery
When you have lived with months of pain in your back and neck, and surgery becomes an option after conservative treatments have proved ineffective, you should keep in mind that a traditional open spine procedure is not the only option. Advances in technology and surgical technique have allowed for the...

Neck Surgery Recovery
It’s natural for patients to put an enormous amount of time into choosing a spine surgery center and preparing for their procedure, but the real success of a procedure isn’t truly determined until after the surgery. That’s why a healthy neck surgery recovery is crucial to finding lasting relief...

Considering Surgery on the Neck
Surgery for the neck often refers to procedures that focus on the cervical (upper) region of the spine. Because the neck must support the head while still allowing for basic movement, everyday activities can become extremely painful if the vertebrae, spinal discs or a facet joint is damaged and puts...

Common Conditions of the Cervical Spine That Could Require Neck Surgery
The cervical spine — the portion of the spine that makes up the neck — endures a great deal of stress from supporting and allowing the head to bend and pivot. Think about the number of times you move your head throughout the day. Each little motion and tilt is possible because the vertebrae and discs...

Recovering from Neck or Back Surgery
Traditional open spine surgery, whether performed on the neck or back, is a highly invasive procedure that requires a surgical team to access the spine through a large incision that disrupts surrounding muscle and other tissue. Additionally, surgeons may also need to push aside internal structures and...

Herniated Disc and Neck Surgery
A herniated disc can be a very painful condition to endure — particularly in the neck. Because of the neck’s flexibility and ability to turn and twist, it is particularly susceptible to developing a herniated disc and other degenerative disc conditions. If you are suffering from the pain of a herniated...

For Chronic Neck Pain, Surgery Is Not Always the Answer
If you have been experiencing significant neck pain caused by a spine condition, you may be wondering if you are going to need surgery. The decision to undergo surgery is a big one and should only be made with the close partnership of your doctor and loved ones. Spine surgery is typically viewed as a...

Neck Pain & Herniated Disc Surgery Alternative
When pain, numbness, muscle weakness and tingling sensations last for months and – or even get worse – it can be tempting to assume traditional open spine surgery is your only hope for pain relief. Thanks to Laser Spine Institute, this is not the case. Because of Laser Spine Institute’s innovative...

Can Open Neck Disc Surgery Offer Relief?
Living with chronic neck pain caused by a disc-related spine condition can be very disruptive to your life, affecting everything from driving to work in the morning to getting a good night’s sleep. While conservative treatments such as medication or physical therapy work for some, they don’t work...

Does a Herniated Disc Require Neck Surgery?
A cervical herniated disc can be the source of significant pain, muscle weakness, numbness or tingling. Initially, conservative treatment is the standard, but it doesn’t always work. In cases where a patient continues to experience significant pain despite months of non-invasive treatment, a physician...

Neck Surgery for Disc Replacement
Neck pain can be hard enough to endure itself, let alone the added stress of an upcoming neck surgery and disc replacement. Though this complex operation can be intimidating to ponder, understanding the procedure can do much to alleviate this stress. The basics If your physician has recommended such...

What Can I Expect After Neck Surgery?
Traditional open neck surgery is a highly invasive operation that is followed by a significant hospital stay and a lengthy – often painful – recovery period. After traditional open neck surgery, a person generally is limited in what activities can be performed and may even be unable to work for a...

Neck Surgery Basics
If your physician has advised you to consider undergoing neck surgery to address a spinal condition that is causing chronic pain, it is important to learn about all the options available to you so you can make an informed treatment decision. Spine surgery is usually elective and is considered a last-resort...

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