Cervical discs are the spongy, fluid-filled discs located between the vertebrae, or bones, in the neck. They act as shock absorbers and allow for movement, helping you twist and bend your neck.
By the age of 60, most people have some form of degeneration in the spinal discs. The discs may bulge, herniate or lose fluid. As they do, they become thinner.
For most people, the pain of a bulging or herniated disc goes away after a few months. Some may require physical therapy to relieve the pain and regain strength and motion. In some cases, people experience symptoms that don’t go away and may require surgery to alleviate the problem.
There are two options for cervical disc surgery – fusion and replacement.
During a cervical disc fusion your surgeon will:
- Remove the problematic disc.
- Fuse the vertebrae above and below it together with a bone graft.
- Over a few months, the body forms new, strong bone around the graft, which fuses it to the vertebrae.
During a cervical disc replacement your surgeon will:
- Remove the degenerated disc.
- Replace it with an artificial one.
Dr. Tarak patel at Svarna Spine Hospital can help you decide on the treatment that’s best for you. They specialize in newest techniques, such as minimally invasive spine surgery, for relieving pain and are experienced in diagnosing and treating disc disorders and disease, using the newest techniques for relieving pain and returning you to an active lifestyle.