Cervical Discectomy

 One common cause of back and neck pain is a rupture or herniation of a cervical disc. When this happens, a section of the disc begins to push out between the bones in the spine, often pressing against nerves or the spinal column. This in turn creates pain or weakness in the back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet of patients.

A cervical discectomy might be recommended if other forms of treatment – such as physical therapy, heat treatments, medication and rest – fail to relieve the patient’s pain.

Cervical discectomies involve making a small incision in the front or back of the patient’s neck.

Minimally invasive (MI) cervical discectomy is a surgical technique designed to cause minimal trauma to a patient’s body and often results in shorter hospital stays and less pain. In ordinary open surgery, a cervical discectomy involves a larger cut to the skin, the cutting away of muscle and ligaments from the patient’s bone to get to the spine. With minimally invasive cervical discectomy, the incision is a fraction of the size, and special tubing, techniques and instrumentation allow surgeons to access the spine without causing as much damage to the muscles and ligaments.

In the minimally invasive surgical procedure, narrow tubes are then inserted at the incision and through the muscles and tissues. The surgeon then uses special instruments to perform the surgery through the tubes, removing parts of the offending disc, which relieves pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord.

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