When does herniated disc cervical surgery become necessary?

Herniated disc surgery in the cervical spine (neck) becomes necessary when the pain and symptoms of a herniated disc have not subsided after several weeks or months of conservative treatment such as pain medication, physical therapy and chiropractic care. While spine surgery is always an elective procedure, it is sometimes the last resort for patients to find relief from chronic 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 dedicated team with any questions or concerns you have. We can review your MRI or CT scan for free* to determine if our procedures would be effective for relieving your herniated cervical disc and help you make an informed decision about your spine care needs.

Minimally invasive surgery for a herniated cervical disc

Patients at Laser Spine Institute experience a lower risk of complication and a 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 by using a small incision and techniques that spare the muscles surrounding the neck.

There are two ways our board-certified 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 less than 1-inch 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.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today. We can help you recapture your quality of life from a herniated cervical disc.