Herniated disc surgery for the cervical spine

If you’ve been suffering from chronic neck pain due to a herniated disc, you understand the difficulty of doing your everyday activities. Almost every task, such as driving or a household chore, requires movement of the head and neck. Patients with a severely herniated disc cannot make these simple movements without debilitating pain.

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. To learn about the surgical options available for relief, read the following article.

When to consider a neck herniated disc surgery

Typically, a herniated disc in the neck develops slowly due to natural aging and the weakening of the spine. In the event that you notice symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause of your pain. If he or she diagnoses you with a cervical herniated disc, your next step will likely be a series of conservative treatments like pain medication and physical therapy to help you manage the symptoms.

Your doctor will monitor your progress after several weeks or months and determine if the conservative treatments are an effective method of pain relief for your specific condition. If you are still suffering from chronic neck pain after extended conservative treatment, 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 a safer and effective alternative to this treatment^ — the 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 compared to traditional open neck surgery.^ To learn more about the advantages of our outpatient surgery, contact us today.

During our procedure, our board-certified+ 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 discomfort should begin to disappear. 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.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, Laser Spine Institute has performed more than 75,000 patient procedures since 2005. To find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a free MRI review.* Let us help you take the next step toward reclaiming your quality of life.