Some people can
consider artificial disc replacement instead of spinal fusion. This surgery is currently just for carefully selected
patients, and it is done by specially trained surgeons. Doctors have not yet
done long-term studies to know how well this works over time.
Some people with chronic facet joint pain have a surgery called percutaneous radiofrequency neurotomy. The facet joint is a portion of the spine
in the neck that is sometimes responsible for neck pain after
whiplash. One review suggests that this surgery offers
short-term relief for chronic neck pain. Almost 60 out of 100 people with whiplash
said they were pain-free more than 6 months after treatment.2 That means the surgery did not get rid of the pain in 40 out of 100 people. And the pain will most likely come back over time.