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How does surgery for cervical disc disease work?

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Surgery for cervical disc disease typically involves taking out the disc that's pinching a nerve or pressing on your spinal cord. This surgery is called a discectomy. Depending on where the disc is, your surgeon can remove it through a small cut either in the front (anterior discectomy) or back (posterior discectomy) of your neck. A similar procedure, called microdiscectomy, removes the disc through a smaller cut using a microscope or other magnifying device.

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves First of a Kind Medical Device to Treat Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease." Hilibrand, A.S. 1999. Kee Kim, MD, associate professor of neurological surgery and chief of spinal neurosurgery, University of California at Davis.


The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume,

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons web site: "Implications of Adjacent Segment Disease After Cervical Spine Surgery."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 07, 2018

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