Generally referred to as the neck, the cervical spine is made up of seven bones, or vertebrae, that have intervertebral discs between each one.
Cervical spine surgery can take many different forms - from fusing two or more vertebrae or removing part or all of a disc or other segment of the neck’s components.
Typically, surgery is the last resort for patients who have neck pain that has not been successfully treated with other methods, such as pain medication, physical therapy, and bed rest.
Conditions that can be treated with cervical spine surgery include disc herniation, bone spurs, stenosis, arthritis, and cervical tumors.
The orthopedic spine surgeons and the experienced medical team at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics treat a number of neck pain and neck injury complaints. Our surgeons will always consider conservative treatments first. If conservative methods are not working, or if the initial level of injury is severe, then neck surgery may be required.
If neck surgery is required, our spine surgeons will utilize the latest medical advances in surgically treating neck injuries. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable in neck surgery techniques that will effectively get you back to normal.
When surgery is required to correct a herniated disc or a degenerative disc in the neck area, Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Fusion is the most common procedure used for neck surgery. In this procedure, the orthopedic spine surgeon enters the neck from the front to remove a spinal vertebral bone or lamina. The discs are then fused together. Dr. James and his team are highly experienced in this procedure.
Typically used to surgically treat cervical stenosis, cervical laminectomy can remove the spine disc that is pressing against the nerves of the spinal cord. Once the affected portion of the lamina is removed, more space is created for the spinal cord and nerves. As a spine surgeon and expert in the neck and back area, Dr. James is well versed in this surgical procedure and others.