The Spine Center is located in Park Ridge, IL, serving residents throughout Chicago with quality, progressive medical care. Anterior cervical decompression and fusion is a surgical technique that can relieve pain caused by a damaged disc.
Causes and Symptoms of Cervical Disc Damage
Two in three Americans will suffer from neck pain at some point in life. There is a variety of potential causes, many of which are temporary. However, for many people the pain becomes constant or recurring, even spreading down the arm or to other areas. This kind of chronic neck pain can be a sign of cervical disc disease or a herniated disc.
The neck includes seven small bones (vertebra). They are separated by discs, which act as space holders. Years of wear and tear can cause breakdown of the discs, reducing the space between vertebra. This condition is known as cervical disc disease. Like a herniated disc, it can cause pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.
The symptoms of cervical disc damage may include:
- Neck pain
- Stiff neck
- Numbness or tingling
- Pain may spread to the shoulder, arm, and hand
When noninvasive treatment is not feasible, or is not successful, the neck structure can be restored surgically. Thanks to our advanced technology and techniques, the procedure is very precise, and requires minimal downtime.
A small incision at the front of the neck is created, and used to remove the damaged disc or discs. The surgeon prepares spaces above and below the disc in preparation for grafting. The grafts are precisely positioned between vertebra, and secured with a metal plate if necessary. As the area heals, the graft material fuses with the bone.
If you experience neck pain or other symptoms of cervical disc problems, call The Spine Center at (847) 628-8147 to schedule a consultation.