Cervical spine: Diagnosis and surgical information with videos listed below
Common conditions (Videos):
- Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease refers to when the disc itself is the source of back pain or neck pain as a result of a damaged and degenerative disc. Degenerative disc disease may be treated with medications, ice/heat, active physical therapy/exercise, or behavioral and lifestyle changes, or require spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement surgery for uncontrollable, severe pain that has not responded in time to previous non-surgical care and when an anatomical cause of the pain has been identified.
Degenerative disc disease video
- Herniated Disc
A herniated disc can produce lower back pain and/or leg pain (sciatica) or less often neck pain and/or arm pain as a result of the disc’s soft, inner core extruding through its tough, outer core, and coming in contact with and irritating a nearby spinal nerve. A herniated disc may be effectively treated with pain medications, injections, chiropractic care, physical therapy and exercise, or require surgery for symptoms that have been unresponsive to non-surgical care.
Cervical Herniated Disc videoRadiculopathy:
Cervical Radiculopathy video
- Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis can produce leg pain, tingling, weakness or numbness, or arm pain as a result of compression of the spinal nerve roots in the lumbar spine (lower back) or the spinal cord in the cervical spine (neck), respectively. Spinal stenosis is often managed through non-surgical treatments like exercise, epidural injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and activity modification, but can require a decompression surgery for symptoms that have not improved following non-surgical care.
Cervical Spinal Stenosis videoMyelopathy:
- Decompression Surgery
Decompression is a surgical procedure that aims to free up space for a spinal nerve that is pinched as a result of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. A decompression surgery involves removing a portion of bone that is putting pressure on the nerve, with the goal of providing more room for the nerve to heal and function.
A laminectomy is a surgical procedure that aims to alleviate leg pain and lower back pain as a result of neural impingement caused by lumbar spinal stenosis. A laminectomy involves removing a small portion of bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root to provide more space and a better healing environment for the nerve.
Cervical Laminectomy videoCervical Foraminotomy:
Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy video
- Spinal Fusion
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that aims to decrease back pain or neck pain that is generated by the joints as a result of conditions like degenerative disc disease or spondylolisthesis. During a spinal fusion surgery, bone is grafted to grow between two vertebrae to stop motion at that painful vertebral segment and thus reduce severe pain and functional limitations.
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy videoCervical Discectomy and Fusion:
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion acdf video
- Artificial Disc Replacement
Artificial disc replacement surgery, also know as a total disc arthroplasty or total disc replacement, is typically performed for a patient with cervical disc herniation or degeneration causing significant neck and/or arm pain not responding to non-surgical treatment options. It involves replacing the herniated or degenerated disc with an artificial replacement.
Cervical Disc Replacement:
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