Herniated disc cervical surgery

Herniated disc surgery in the cervical spine (neck) becomes necessary when the pain and symptoms of a herniated disc have not subsided after several months of conservative treatment.

While spine surgery is always an elective procedure, it is sometimes the last resort for patients to find relief from chronic, debilitating pain. If you find yourself in a position of choosing herniated disc surgery in a final attempt to find pain relief, we encourage you to research the minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive approach to spine surgery offers our patients a safer and effective treatment alternative to traditional open neck surgery.

As you read through what the procedure entails, please contact our team of spine care experts with any questions or concerns you have. We can review your MRI or CT scan and help you make an informed, confident decision about your spine care needs.

Minimally invasive surgery for a herniated cervical disc

Patients at Laser Spine Institute experience a lower risk and shorter recovery time^ with our minimally invasive spine surgery than patients who choose traditional open neck surgery. The reason for this is simple: Our approach to the spine is less invasive and therefore creates less risk than traditional surgery.

In order for our surgeons to access the spine during a cervical discectomy, the incision in the neck is small and does not affect the muscles surrounding the neck. There are two ways our surgeons can approach the cervical spine: the anterior (front) or posterior (back). The location of the incision will depend on the location of the herniated disc. Our anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedure begins with a small incision in the front of the neck in order to move around the muscles and ligaments without disturbing them.

Once the spine is accessed, a simple cervical disc replacement procedure is performed. The herniated disc is removed to release pressure on the pinched nerve root and an artificial disc is inserted in its place. This stabilizes the spine while simultaneously freeing the nerve root that is responsible for the pain and symptoms you’ve been enduring.

To learn more about herniated cervical disc procedures, or for your MRI or CT scan review, contact Laser Spine Institute today.