If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from cervical (neck) pain, treatment is only as far away as the trip to your orthopedist’s office. There are many solutions to neck pain, both surgical and nonsurgical, that can relieve discomfort and restore quality of life sooner than you may have imagined.
Of course, you may have anxiety about surgical neck pain treatment. This is understandable. Thinking about anesthesia and surgical tools is never a pleasant thought, but the best way to combat your fears is to gain knowledge on the subject. Here is some brief information about the most common forms of surgical neck pain treatment:
- Anterior cervical discectomy – This procedure involves making a small incision in the front of the neck to remove damaged disc material and relieve nerve or spinal cord compression.
- Anterior cervical discectomy with fusion – The same as above, but the surgeon also places bone graft in place of the removed disk to help maintain spinal height.
- Cervical disc arthroplasty – This surgery involves removing a damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial disc to maintain spinal height and function.
- Cervical corpectomy – This is a surgical procedure in which bone and disc material are removed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves (decompression) in the neck.
- Cervical foraminotomy –This surgery is done to relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve by enlarging the neural foramen, and it can be performed in a minimally invasive way.
- Cervical laminectomy – In this procedure, the surgeon removes bone to relieve excess pressure on the spinal nerves in the neck.
- Minimally invasive cervical discectomy – This surgery can be performed through a few small incisions and entails removing all or part of a damaged disc to relieve pressure on the spinal nerves in the neck.
Undergoing any type of surgery is a very personal decision that requires plenty of thought. If you have any concerns or questions about your condition or the surgical plan that your doctor suggests, never be afraid to ask questions. With the right knowledge, you’ll be able to make an informed, confident decision about your neck pain treatment and orthopedic health.
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