If you feel pain in your neck, you may have a herniated disc that requires surgery. The cervical region of the spine includes the neck and upper back. When a disc herniates, the outer wall of the disc has become thin and brittle, most likely due to degenerative disc disease, and the disc has torn open, leaking its inner gel-like material into the spinal column. This can cause the foraminal spaces (the open canals through which spinal nerves travel) to become clogged and constricted. It is important to remember how sensitive the nerves are – any pressure they feel can be translated directly to the brain as pain.
Disc pain relief is often necessary for patients because the symptoms of a herniated disc in the cervical region can be so debilitating. Imagine how many of our everyday activities involve movement of the head and neck. Driving, reading a newspaper, sleeping comfortably or leaning your head back to look at the sky can become impossible. Patients with a neck herniation may also feel pain that begins in their neck or upper back and then shoots down through their arms and hands. Tingling, numbness and loss of mobility are other common symptoms that herniated disc back surgery seeks to alleviate.
When a disc in your neck has become herniated, a common disc surgery is cervical disc replacement surgery. Disc replacement surgery removes a damaged intervertebral disc in order to reinforce the spine without causing sections of your spine to be immobile. This type of back disc surgery can, however, carry serious risks. When it is performed as a traditional open spine surgery, risk of infection and scarring is increased. There can also be significant trauma to surrounding muscle, which extends the already lengthy recovery period. And, of course, any foreign object that is placed in your body will wear out with time.
If you think spine disc surgery may be the right option for you, but you feel the risks of traditional disc surgeries are too great, Laser Spine Institute can offer an alternative. We have helped tens of thousands of patients find relief from neck and back pain by performing minimally invasive, outpatient procedures. For more information, or for your MRI or CT scan review, contact Laser Spine Institute today.