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People are surprised that cervical spine surgery is often performed through the front of the neck.

Cervical disc herniation is a common cause of neck & upper body pain. Pain may feel dull or sharp in the neck, btwn the shoulder blades or may radiate (travel) down the arms. Numbness/tingling is typical & sometimes muscle spasms. If the spinal cord is compressed/inflamed by a cervical herniated disc, problems w/ walking, coordination, &/or reduced bladder or bowel control may occur. These neurological deficits require immediate medical attention.

Surgically, you may be a candidate for a cervical microdiscectomy. In order to access the spine, expanding tubes create a channel through the neck muscles. The surgeon may then remove spinal bone to reveal the herniated disc. The part of the disc that compresses the nerve is then removed.

Another common procedure is an ACDF. It is performed from the front of the spine through the throat area. The neck muscles, trachea & esophagus are moved aside, the disc & bony vertebrae are exposed. 1or more discs may be removed. After the disc is removed, a spacer bone graft is inserted to fill the open disc space. The bone graft & vertebrae are fixed in place w/ metal plates & screws. After 3-6 months, the bone graft should join the 2 vertebrae & form 1 solid piece.

We effectively treat cervical disc herniation without surgery or drugs. Call 919-469-8897 or visit

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