Posterior Cervical Discectomy


  1. Approach: A minimally invasive incision is made in the back of the neck, and the soft tissues in the neck are gently separated until the affected area of the spine is exposed. The vertebral facet joint is drilled to provide access to the disc.

  2. Decompression: Decompression refers to the alleviation of the pressure on the spinal cord or nerve root. This is done by moving or removing the disc or bone that is putting pressure on the spinal cord itself or nerve root.

  3. Stabilization: The advantage of the posterior discectomy is that there is no need for fusion. Patients are able to maintain their natural flexibility and not compromise stability.

After surgery, patients will remain in the hospital for one day. Most patients are able to return to all activities within a week. A postoperative rehabilitation program is usually prescribed to guide return to activities and normal life.

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