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Anterior cervical discectomy fusion can provide relief to Tampa area patients suffering from a variety of spinal conditions

Patients who are suffering from pain in the cervical spine (neck) may experience symptoms such as pain with sudden turns or movements of the neck, chronic pain and limited mobility, as well as radiating pain in the head, shoulder or arm. If the pain in the cervical spine is caused by a degenerative spine condition, these symptoms may begin slowly and progress if left untreated.

If you are like many other people experiencing this pain, you have already consulted your physician or a spine care specialist and you have undergone months or years of conservative treatments to try to alleviate your pain and symptoms to no avail. At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the frustration you feel. You have tried endlessly to find a solution for your neck pain, and instead of finding relief, you have exhausted your efforts and are searching for the next option to hopefully get you back to the life you enjoy.

If you have exhausted all conservative therapy options and are looking for the next step in treatment, we encourage you to research some of the surgical options available to you to treat cervical spine conditions. The thought of undergoing cervical fusion may seem scary and overwhelming, but as you research you will find that there are safer, effective treatment alternatives to traditional open neck fusion.

Safer treatment alternatives

Historically, the only solution for patients needing stabilization in the cervical spine was a traditional open back fusion. During this fusion process, a large incision would be cut in the neck and tear through the muscles surrounding the spine. This large, invasive incision increases a patient’s risk of excessive blood loss, and also leaves the patient more susceptible to infection and a prolonged recovery time.

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a minimally invasive anterior cervical discectomy fusion that has a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk than traditional open neck surgery. During our outpatient procedure, the surgeon enters the front of the neck through a small incision. This small incision limits the amount of scarring and lessens the patient’s recovery time.

Once the damaged area of the spine is accessed, the surgeon will remove the disc that is causing the nerve compression and pain. After the disc is removed, the surgeon will stabilize the spine by fusing together the vertebrae surrounding the now-empty disc space. Because of the minimally invasive techniques used, this surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Conditions treated by an anterior cervical discectomy fusion

The most common conditions treated by the anterior cervical discectomy fusion include:

  • Bulging disc
  • Herniated disc
  • Cervical myelomalacia
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Arthritis of the spine
  • Foraminal stenosis

If you are suffering from these or similar conditions, an anterior cervical discectomy fusion at Laser Spine Institute’s Tampa center may be an effective treatment option for you. Contact us today for more information.