CERVICAL DISC SURGERY
Do you suffer from chronic nagging pain, arm pain, or weakness caused by a disc problem in your upper spine? Is the simple task of turning your head nearly impossible due to unbearable pain? Here, at RGVO, our surgeons want to see you live the life you deserve free of disc pain and enjoying the things you love to do. Your neck needs to be strong to support your head, which can weigh up to 10 pounds. Things such as injury, poor posture, wear and tear, and diseases such as arthritis can damage the structure of your spine. If conservative treatments have not helped you, your surgeon may recommend the next step: Cervical Disc Surgery.
Your Evaluation – Before your doctor can recommend you any sort of treatment, your spine problem must be carefully diagnosed. The more precise your diagnosis is, the more successful your treatment will be. Your medical history will be closely examined to locate any potential spots and to see when and where your problems arose. Several tests such as Physical and Diagnostic tests (X-Rays, CT, Myelograms, and EMG’s) will be performed, help your surgeon asses the severity.
Your Surgery – Choosing surgery is a decision that will ultimately be yours to make. Based on the evaluations from your surgeon and doctor, you may decide to take the conservative care approach. This is a mixture of rest, medications, physical therapy, and exercises to alleviate the discomfort. If your symptoms don’t subside, cervical disc surgery may be suggested as an option. If surgery is the route you choose, you can expect not to drink or eat anything after midnight the night before. When you arrive, you’ll be taken into the operating room and anesthesia will be administered. During the surgery, your doctor may remove all or part of the disc and bone spurs pressing on your nerves or spinal cord.
Your Recovery – Once your surgery has been performed, you will be taken to recovery until your anesthesia wears off. To reduce the discomfort post-surgery, pain medication will be administered. When you wake up, you will have on a neck brace and a drainage tube. The drain will be removed a couple of days after surgery. To protect your cervical spine as it heals, you will need to wear thee brace until instructed by your doctor to remove it. By following your doctor’s instructions about performing very mild activities, as well as wearing your brace, you will be on the road to steady recovery.