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 the cervical (neck) region of the spine’s diminished ability to perform as it is intended, and without pain or other symptoms. There are seven vertebrae in the neck, stacked from the base of the skull downward. These vertebrae support the weight of the head and facilitate...

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...

Neck (cervical spine) surgery types
Facing the decision to undergo neck surgery can be an overwhelming task. You are exhausted from suffering from chronic neck pain and you are frustrated that the conservative treatments and medications are not providing you with any lasting relief. Maybe you’re also a little scared that the risks...

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 other 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
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 (Neck) Surgery
Recovering after a cervical (neck) surgery can be difficult because it requires patience and diligence in order to promote a healthy healing process. If you have undergone a traditional open neck surgery, your recovery period will look different than patients who undergo 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...

Suffering from a Pinched Nerve and Considering Neck Surgery?
After months of unsuccessful conservative treatment and persistent neck pain, patients are often looking for relief wherever they can find it. If you are experiencing a pinched nerve in the cervical region of the spine, it is important to look before you leap into surgery. There are a number of risks...

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
A quick scan of the phone book or a brief Internet search will tell you that it’s not particularly difficult to find a neck surgery center near you. So how do you sort through the thousands of options nationwide to find a facility that is equipped to offer you the meaningful neck pain relief that you...

Experiencing Pain from a Bone Spur and Considering Neck Surgery?
If you are experiencing pain from a bone spur and considering neck surgery, it can be helpful to understand what exactly causes bone spurs and what surgical treatment entails. These bone growths aren’t as much of a “spur” as they are a smooth growth of bone that typically develops along a joint...

Arthritis of the Spine and the Possibility of Neck Surgery
When most people think of arthritis, they don’t think of neck surgery. In fact, people usually associate arthritis with the hands, knuckles, knees or elbows. However, what many people don’t know is that arthritis can also affect the joints of the spine, called facet joints. More specifically, arthritis...

Cervical Spinal Conditions and Neck Surgery
Although there are instances when spinal conditions in the cervical region can merit neck surgery, the majority of patients are able to successfully manage their neck pain symptoms with conservative, non-invasive treatments. Physical therapy, pain medication, stretching, mild exercise, steroid injections...

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. Because the cervical spine is responsible for supporting the weight of the head and stabilizing the movement of the neck, this area is 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,...

Your Options for Neck Surgeries
Neck surgeries can be performed in a variety of different ways – at first this may seem comforting, but eventually you might feel overwhelmed with so many different options. The only real way to make an informed decision about what type of neck procedure is right for you is to do your research and...

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...

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. Research the facts and do not rush into any life-altering decision...

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 on the neck is a procedure that focuses on the cervical region of the spine, which includes the C1 to C7 vertebrae. Because the neck must support the head and coordinate movements between the head and the neck, everyday activities can become extremely painful if a cervical vertebra, an intervertebral...

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 rather large incision in the skin and muscle. Additionally, surgeons often will need to push aside internal structures and organs during an...

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
Even if you have been experiencing significant neck pain, surgery is not something to take lightly. Other forms of treatment have demonstrated a strong enough track record in combating neck pain that surgery is only appropriate as the last option for almost everyone. Conservative treatment The first...

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...

Minimally Invasive Surgery Offers Neck Pain Relief
A healthy neck is critical to experiencing a quality life because the neck is the pivotal point that allows our heads to turn, move and tilt to view the world around us. When our necks are in chronic pain due to a spine condition, it can impact everything we do, from walking to driving and even to sleeping. Open...

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 you’re reading this article, chances are your physician has advised you to consider undergoing neck surgery to address a spinal condition causing you chronic pain. Such a recommendation likely did not come quickly because neck and back pain first warrants a conservative approach to treatment, with...

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