The neck is a complicated part of the body. It includes bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments. The neck is the section of the spine that is referred to as the cervical section. This section is extremely delicate and can cause conditions that are crippling. Dr. Solomon Kamson of Spine Institute Northwest will be able to perform testing to diagnose the issue before it affects every aspect of your life.
Before Cervical Spine Surgery
Although there are non-surgical treatments available, at times the non-surgical treatments are ineffective to those who have had a long-lasting neck condition. Typically, pain management programs are set into place for those who need help with debilitating pain.
Once the pain management has been considered unsuccessful, the next option is normally cervical spine surgery. The normal time span for the surgery to be considered is approximately six months. In some cases, if the patient requests a longer period to recover instead, then Dr. Solomon Kamson will help the patient with other options available.
Reasons for Cervical Spine Surgery
There are different situations in which cervical spine surgery may be recommended to the patient by Dr. Kamson. One of the main reasons is a nerve root being pinched due to a bone spur or a herniated disc. This condition is also known as cervical radiculopathy. Nine out of ten patients who have endured this condition have been forced by the pain to undergo cervical surgery.
Another reason for this type of surgery is pressure being placed on the spinal cord by bone spurs; this is called spinal stenosis. This is a more complex surgery process. The success rate for this type of surgery is between 50% and 90%. It will depend on the specific details of the individual’s situation.
Those patients who have vertebrae that grind together due to degenerative disc disease will end up undergoing this type of surgery. Degenerative disc disease will cause pinched nerves and excruciating pain that will lead to repercussions in other aspects of the individual’s life.
Types of Cervical Spine Surgery
Anterior cervical discectomy is one of the more commonly performed surgeries for this section of the spine. The surgeon will expose the spine using an incision, which is made on the front side of the neck next to the windpipe. Once the incision is made, the herniated disc or bone spur will be removed. Laminectomy is performed to relieve addition pressure that has been placed on nerve roots and the spinal cord. Laminae are plates of bone on the vertebrae.
Laminoplasty is performed to relieve suffering for those who have to endure spinal stenosis. This is performed to create more room for the spinal cord. After the spine is exposed using an incision on the back of the neck, the vertebral laminae are reconstructed to enlarge sections of the spinal canal.
In order to come to the proper diagnosis, Dr. Kamson will perform tests and ask questions about family history dealing with health conditions. It is important to be as accurate as possible. He will then offer pain management procedures and speak with you about the next step in your individual situation.