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What are the risks of cervical disc surgery?

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While cervical disc surgery is generally safe, it does have a few risks, including:

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Damage to your nerves, spinal cord, esophagus, or vocal cords
  • Problems with healing

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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