Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
What is wrong with my neck?
You have one or more herniated discs your neck. Cervical discs are rubbery shock absorbers between the vertebrae. They are close to nerves that travel down the arms. If the disc is damaged, part of it may bulge or even burst free into the spinal canal. These issues put pressure on the nerve and cause arm pain, numbness or weakness. The surgery may also be performed for patients with cervical degenerative disc disease.
What is required to fix the problem?
Generally, the condition requires both a nerve decompression to free the nerves from pressure and a spinal fusion to stabilize the cervical part of the spine.
Who performs this surgery?
An orthopedist who specializes in spine surgery will perform this procedure.