Cervical Surgery

cervical-spine

Pain in the neck with or without radiation to arm can be because of many reasons , most common reasons are degeneration, slip disc, infection and tumor.

Cervical spine surgery is useful to relieve neck pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, restore nerve function and also helps to stop or prevent abnormal motion in neck.

Hence Cervical surgery is performed for following reasons:

  • To remove damaged risk or other structures irritating a nerve root
  • To stabilize cervical spine
  • To decompress the spinal cord

Cervical spine surgery is generally performed on an elective basis to treat either

  • Nerve/spinal cord impingement (decompression surgery)
  • Spinal instability (fusion surgery)
The surgery for a cervical herniated disc can be performed in following ways:
 
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and spine fusion (ACDF).

This is the most common and popular method among spine surgeons for most cervical herniated discs. In this surgery, the disc is removed through a small one-inch incision in the front of the neck. After removing the disc, the disc space itself is fused. A plate can be added in front of the graft for added stability and possibly a better fusion rate. This surgery has very high success rate which give speedy relief from pain. Hence most spine surgeons go with ACDF surgery.

  • Posterior cervical discectomy:

This is similar method to a posterior (from the back) lumbar discectomy and for discs that occur laterally out in the neural foramen (the “tunnel” that the nerve travels through to exit the spinal canal) it may be a reasonable approach. However, it is technically more difficult and complicated than an anterior approach because there are a lot of veins in this area that can result in a lot of bleeding and the bleeding limits visualization during the surgery. This approach also creates more manipulation to the spinal cord.

  • Cervical artificial disc replacement:

Like an ACDF, an artificial disc surgery involves removing the affected disc through a small incision in the front of the neck. However, instead of a fusion in the disc space, an artificial disc is placed in the disc space. The artificial disc works similar to original disc.

The two most common surgeries are ACDF and Artificial disc. They are very reliable surgeries with favorable outcomes in terms of reducing the patients pain and making patient’s life happy as well as comfortable.

Our center is specialized in endoscopic spine surgery for cervical and lumbar spine. We have the latest and most advanced technology around the world and delivers excellent results by a minimally invasive approach, which avoids complications.