At Frisco Spine, we have helped countless people suffering from neck pain and cervical spine pain. While we’ve often achieved this through smart and effective non-surgical approaches, we also turn to state-of-the-art surgical spine treatment and cervical/neck surgery. Sometimes these invasive approaches are the right option for severe neck pain and neck injuries.
We’d like to go over a few of the cervical spin surgeries that can be performed that help address issues with neck pain. If you suffer from recurring or chronic neck pain, it’s important that you seek out one of our office locations so you can get the help you need.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Spinal surgery is necessary when a patient has experienced a significant injury of some kind, or when the patient has not responded positively to non-surgical treatment methods.
During a consultation at our practice, we can determine the ideal treatment option to consider for your situation and how it can be addressed. Rest assured that your best interests will always be considered by our team.
Posterior or Anterior Approach to Surgery
With regard to cervical spinal surgery, surgeons can treat the spine and vertebrae from the front/throat (anterior approach) of along the back of the neck itself (posterior). In many cases, the anterior approach is preferred since this does not involve making incisions in the muscles of the neck and spine. This means better healing and reduces chances of complications and negative repercussions from surgery.
Spinal Fusion Surgery
Spinal fusion surgery is performed to join two vertebrae together. By preventing motion of the vertebrae, pain and discomfort can be significantly reduced. There are different methods of grafting the vertebrae using different kinds of grafts or materials. The ideal treatment for you and your needs can be discussed in greater detail during your visit.
Corpectomy Spine Surgery
A corpectomy is a surgery that removes part or all of the vertebral body. By doing this, the nerves of the spinal cord can be decompressed, relieving pain and improving wellness in the process. The surgery is often also performed with a discectomy, which involves the removal of a vertebral disc.
Cervical stenosis is a condition in which the open spaces of the spine become narrower. This can lead to serious pressure placed on the spinal cord itself as well as the nerves around the spinal cord. A cervical laminectomy will remove the lamina of the vertebrae to help relieve pressure and improve patient wellness in the process.
Cervical Spinal Instrumentation
Various kinds of instruments may be used to help stabilize the cervical spine and other parts of the spinal cord. Typically this instrumentation will involve the use of plates rather than grafts, which helps with fusion and offering a secure bracing effect that traditional grafts alone cannot achieve.
To learn more about treating neck pain through spinal surgery, we encourage you to contact our team of experienced brain and spine surgeons today. The team at Frisco Spine is here to help you achieve total wellness.