Neck herniated disc surgery
Neck herniated disc surgery is used to treat a damaged or herniated disc in the cervical spine. If left untreated, this condition could cause symptoms of severe pain and limited flexibility, so it’s important to discuss this option with your doctor if other treatment methods are ineffective.
If you’ve been suffering with chronic neck pain from a herniated disc, you understand the difficulty of doing your everyday activities with this kind of pain. Almost every task, such as driving or household chores, requires movement of the head and neck. Patients with a severely herniated disc cannot make these simple movements without debilitating pain.
When to consider a neck herniated disc surgery
Typically, a herniated disc in the neck develops slowly due to the natural aging and weakening of the spine. If you begin to notice symptoms of pain and discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause of your pain.
If your doctor diagnoses you with a cervical herniated disc, your next step will likely be a series of conservative, nonsurgical treatments to help you manage the symptoms. Your doctor will monitor your progress after several months and determine if the conservative treatments are an effective method of pain relief for your specific condition.
After extended conservative treatment, if you are still suffering from chronic neck pain, your doctor may recommend a neck herniated disc surgery to treat your condition at its root problem.
Minimally invasive neck herniated disc surgery
While traditional open neck surgery is an option to treat a cervical herniated disc, there is an alternative to this treatment that holds many advantages — minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.
Our minimally invasive neck herniated disc surgery, also known as a cervical discectomy, is performed through a smaller incision with a much lower risk of complication and infection than traditional open neck surgery. During our procedure, our surgeons remove a small portion of the damaged disc that is pressing against the nerve root. Once the nerve root is released, the pain and symptoms should begin to ease.
If your disc is herniated beyond repair, you may be recommended for a minimally invasive cervical discectomy and stabilization procedure. During this surgery, your herniated disc will be removed and replaced with an artificial disc to help maintain some flexibility in that section of the spine.
To find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a no-cost MRI review.* Let us help you take the next step toward reclaiming your quality of life.