If you are experiencing pain in your neck, you may suffer from a cervical herniated disc or cervical degenerative disc disease. In addition to neck pain, if the diseased or damaged disc presses on nerves adjacent to the area, you may also feel shoulder pain and weakness or numbness in your arm.
When seeking treatment, it is always best to first begin with conservative treatments. Physical therapy, chiropractic care, pain medications and epidural steroid injections may relieve your pain. However, if these measures fail to help, a minimally invasive cervical discectomy and neural decompression may be the right treatment. North American Spine has helped people just like you find relief with a cervical discectomy.
Precise Diagnosis and Treatment for Damaged Discs in the Cervical Spine
Often called the “Band-Aid” procedure, a cervical discectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed exclusively in the cervical spine—the area of the spine that begins at the base of the skull and encompasses seven vertebral segments that connect to the thoracic spine (upper back). It does not require an incision or stitches—which means patients have less risk for infection and usually enjoy a shorter recovery time.
One of the great benefits of the cervical discectomy is that is allows the physician to accurately identify and precisely treat the appropriate disc or discs that are actually causing pain. After administering local and light general anesthesia, the physician inserts a small, hollow needle anteriorly into the neck. Using fluoroscopy to precisely guide the needle to the center of the suspected disc, the physician injects a small amount of dye directly into its nucleus to see if fluid leaks from the disc. If the disc tests positive, then a laser is passed through the needle and directly into the disc where it is fired intermittently to shrink bulging disc tissue and seal the tear (herniation).
If the patient has damaged or diseased discs in more than one level of their cervical spine, the physician can treat them as well. In fact, multiple levels of the cervical spine can be treated during one procedure.
When the cervical discectomy is complete, the puncture site is covered with an ordinary Band-Aid. The entire procedure—depending on how many levels are treated—generally takes less than 30 minutes.
Cervical AccuraScope Procedure Animation
Watch a simulation of the cervical procedure, often referred to as “the Band-Aid procedure.” By not requiring an incision or stitches, the cervical procedure provides a reduced risk of infection and reduced recovery time. In addition, dye injection offers greater accuracy, to confirm that the disc levels being treated are the ones that are actually causing your pain.
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DAY 1:Pre-Operative Consultation
Meet with North American Spine team members to provide your full medical history; undergo a physical exam and any diagnostic testing that is needed; and confirm personalized treatment plan.
DAY 2: Procedure
Undergo the minimally invasive cervical discectomy and neural decompression.
DAY 3: Post-operative Appointment
Receive follow-up evaluation from medical team.
The majority of patients can perform most normal activities immediately following the procedure. Patients are sent home with exercises that can be started from 3-6 weeks post-op, depending on their physician’s recommendation. These exercises can help cervical discectomy patients ward off mild soreness and regain a full range of motion in their neck and arms.
At North American Spine, nothing is more important to us than your good health and happiness. We want to make sure that you enjoy life without pain long after your procedure. That’s why, from time to time, you’ll receive a friendly follow-up call to see how you’re doing, and to answer any questions you may have related to your procedure. We’ll also send you regular tips on ways you can help protect your spine. As a valued, lifelong alum in our growing community, you can help other individuals who suffer from chronic pain by sharing your story!
We are proud to have helped so many people overcome chronic pain. While we work hard to ensure the best possible outcome for all our patients, it is important for you to make an informed decision regarding any procedure and care providers you may be considering—including a cervical discectomy. Here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Following your procedure, a North American Spine team member will call you to ask you to participate in a post-operative patient satisfaction survey. We are pleased to report that more than 95 percent of patients who respond to this survey say they had a satisfactory experience with North American Spine. We believe their high satisfaction rate is the result of our commitment to patient advocacy, attentive customer service and exemplary patient care.
- Our experts will recommend the procedure or procedures that are best for your medical condition. Diagnosis begins with a thorough review of your individual case. Please send us the report from your MRI or CT scan for an expert review and recommendation.
- Know your risks. Every surgical procedure has some risks. Please talk with your pain specialist to make sure you fully understand any potential risks that may be involved. Our experts are happy to review your case and answer your questions about cervical discectomy and other treatment options offered by North American Spine. Simply fill out and submit the “Ask an Expert” form on this page, or call us (877)474-2225.
If you would like to speak directly with a patient who has undergone a cervical discectomy at North American Spine, we are happy to put you in direct contact with them.
Generally, the benefits of a minimally invasive cervical discectomy are:
- No incision or stitches—less risk for infection
- Shorter recovery time
- Identify and treat the disc or discs causing pain
- Treat multiple discs at multiple levels of the cervical spine
in one 30- to 40-minute procedure
- Faster recovery than invasive procedures
North American Spine works exclusively with board-certified physicians and surgeons who are specialists in a wide range of state-of-the-art, minimally invasive procedures designed to alleviate chronic pain—including cervical discectomy.