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Cervical Spine Surgery


For many, neck pain may be relieved using nonsurgical treatment, such as medication and physical therapy. For those whose neck pain cannot be resolved with conservative treatment or whose symptoms include numbness and weakness interfering with their ability to function, cervical spine surgery may be the best option.

There are different types of cervical spine surgery that may be used to relieve symptoms, such as shoulder and neck pain and numbness and weakness in the arm or hand. The goal of cervical spine treatment is to relieve pain and restore spinal stability so that you can return to your regular activities. If debilitating neck or back pain has stopped you from enjoying your active lifestyle, we are here for you. At Back Pain Centers of America, we have helped more than 30,000 people just like you find the road to recovery. To learn more about our minimally invasive treatments, call us today at [sc name=”patient_phone_number_dash”].

Neck surgery could help you to regain an active lifestyle

Cervical spine surgery falls under two general categories: decompression and stabilization. Decompression procedures are used to relieve pressure from a nerve that is causing symptoms and stabilization procedures are used when a condition or procedure causes instability of the spine.

Cervical spine surgery options include:

Benefits of Cervical Spine Surgery

Minimally invasive cervical spine treatment procedures can relieve pain and restore motion using tissue-sparring techniques that offer a quicker recovery than traditional open spine surgery. These innovative techniques offer the same cervical spine surgery success rate, but without a lot of the risk and discomfort. They are performed through a tiny incision that measures little more than 1 inch and often on an outpatient basis so that patients can go home the same day.

Cervical spine surgery recovery is quick, with most patients able to return to their normal activity levels in just over a month.

Conditions and Symptoms Treated

Cervical spine surgery can be used to treat the following conditions:

Cervical spine treatment can relieve symptoms such as:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the arm or hand
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches

How to Prepare for Cervical Spine Treatment Procedures

You will receive preparation instructions before your cervical spine surgery. You may be required to do the following to prepare for your procedure:

  • Stop taking certain medications and supplements – Some medications and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding. You will be told which of your medications and supplements to stop taking and for how long.
  • Stop smoking – Smoking has been found to slow healing, as well as cause neck pain. You may be asked to stop smoking for a period leading up to your surgery and after.
  • Fast for 6 to 12 hours – You will be told exactly how long you will need to fast before your cervical spine surgery.
  • Arrange for a ride home – You will not be able to drive after your procedure and will need to make arrangements to be dropped off and picked up on the day of surgery.

It is important to follow your preparation instructions exactly to avoid having your surgery postponed.

What to Expect from Cervical Spine Surgery

The specifics of the procedure depend on the type of cervical spine surgery you are having. Most minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a tiny incision measuring approximately an inch long. A tube is inserted into the area of the cervical spine that is being treated, and fluoroscopic imaging is used to guide the surgeon through the procedure. Once complete, you will be moved to a recovery room and monitored for a few hours. In most cases, patients can go home the same day depending on their condition and the type of cervical spine surgery they’ve had.


Cervical spine surgery recovery depends on the procedure and your condition. In most cases, patients can resume their normal activities within 4 to 6 weeks. Your doctor will advise you as to when you can begin certain activities and when you will be able to return to work.

Over-the-counter pain medication can help you manage post-surgical pain, along with certain regimens of ice and heat. You may be given a neck brace to wear to help keep your neck stable during sleep.

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