Cervical Spine (Neck) Surgical Procedures
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Sciatica (Lumbar Radiculopathy)
- Spinal Arthritis
- Spinal Deformities
- Spine Infections
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spine Trauma and Spinal Cord Injuries
- Spinal Tumors and Cancer
- Tingling in Arms (Cervical Radiculopathy)
- Upper Back Pain
The cervical spine refers to the neck region and consists of seven bones, or vertebrae, which are referenced by the numbers C-1 through C-7. They are each separated by discs (or disks) The discs are what allow flexibility and provide a cushion for the spine.
At The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston, we focus on the cervical vertebrae and discs of the spine through the following surgical procedures:
Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgeries
Spinal fusion is surgery to join two or more vertebrae into one single structure. The goal is to stop movement between the two bones and prevent neck pain. Once fused, that part of the back will no longer move like it used to. This keeps the neck from stretching nearby nerves, ligaments, and muscles that may have caused discomfort. The following spinal fusion techniques are performed at The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston:
- Atlantoaxial or C1-C2 fusion
- Posterior cervical fusion, with hardware and spinal instrumentation
- Occipito-Cervical Fixation (OC Fusion) – see video
- Interbody Fusion with Expandable Cage – see video
Occipito-Cervical Fixation (OC Fusion)
This surgery fuses your skull to your cervical spine. It’s done with a combination of implants. The implants are linked with rods to stabilize your head and neck.
Interbody Fusion with Expandable Cage
This surgery uses an expandable implant, called a “cage,” to join two vertebrae in your spine. We call this a “fusion.” A fusion can relieve the pain of spinal injury or disease. Watch the video to see how it works.
Cervical Spinal Decompression with or without Fusion Surgeries
Cervical decompression surgery is a procedure that removes any structures compressing the nerves in the neck. If too much of the bony structures pressing on the nerve need to be removed, it can affect the stability of the spine. In such cases, cervical decompression surgery must be combined with cervical fusion surgery. Cervical spinal stenosis is one of the most common reasons for cervical decompression surgery.
Most of the following procedures are performed with the goal of leaving the spinal structure intact. Once the compressing structures have been removed, Dr. Fayaz will evaluate the stability of your spine and determine whether cervical fusion surgery also is needed.
- Anterior Cervical Corpectomy – see video
- Anterior Cervical Corpectomy (Bone Graft) – see video
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) – see video
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF), with Cage – see video
- Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (Intervertebral Spacer) – see video
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
Anterior Cervical Corpectomy (Bone Graft)
This surgery relieves pressure on the spinal cord and the spinal nerves. It involves the removal of bone and discs from your cervical spine, followed by a fusion.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
This surgery removes a herniated or degenerative vertebral disc in your neck and replaces it with a bone graft. This can relieve painful pressure on spinal nerves.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF), with Cage
This surgery replaces a damaged vertebral disc in your neck with a cage containing bone graft. It’s done to relieve painful pressure on spinal nerves.
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (Intervertebral Spacer)
This surgery removes a herniated or diseased disc and relieves neck and radiating arm pain caused by parts of the disc pressing on nerve roots.
Disc Replacement or Repair
Artificial disc replacement is an alternative to spinal fusion for people younger than 60 with a herniated disc in the neck. It mimics the function of a healthy disc, which means patients can potentially maintain normal neck movements.
- Arthroplasty or Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement – see video
- Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement (Mobi-C®) – see video
- Total Disc Replacement: Synthes® Prodisc-C – see video
Arthroplasty or Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement (Mobi-C®)
These two procedures replace a degenerative or damaged spinal disc with an implant designed to preserve motion in your neck. Both procedures can relieve the pain of compressed nerves in the cervical spine.
Total Disc Replacement: Synthes® Prodisc-C
This surgical procedure replaces a damaged or diseased disc in the cervical spine with an artificial disc that restores the natural alignment of the spine. Unlike fusion surgery, which causes the vertebrae above and below the problem disc to grow together into a single bone, the artificial disc preserves spine motion at that level.
Minimally Invasive Cervical Spine Surgery
In general, the goal of minimally invasive spine (MIS) surgery is to stabilize the vertebral bones and spinal joints and/or relieve the pressure being applied to the spinal nerves — often a result of conditions such as spinal instability, bone spurs, herniated discs, scoliosis or spinal tumors. As opposed to open spine surgery, minimally invasive surgical approaches can be faster, safer, and require less recovery time. The minimally invasive cervical spine surgeries performed at The Brain & Spine Institute of North Houston include:
- Laminectomy – see video
- Laminectomy (Cervical) – see video
- Laminectomy (Cervical Spine, With Fusion) – see video
- Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy – see video
This procedure relieves pressure on the nerve roots in the spine. It is most commonly performed to relieve the pain of stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal that is often caused by the formation of bony growths that can press against the nerve roots. The surgeon may treat one or more vertebrae.
This procedure removes a section of bone from the rear of one or more vertebrae to relieve the painful and disabling pressure of stenosis.
Laminectomy (Cervical Spine, With Fusion)
This surgery relieves pressure on spinal nerves in your neck. It treats a condition we call “spinal stenosis.” Laminectomy makes more space for these compressed nerves. Then, your spine is stabilized with implants.
Cervical Posterior Foraminotomy
This surgery creates more space for a compressed spinal nerve in your neck. The procedure relieves painful pressure caused by a herniated or degenerative disc.
If you are in the North Houston, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring area and would like an evaluation for cervical or neck surgery, call our office at 281-880-0700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fayaz.