Cervical Discectomy 2018-01-15T16:20:51+00:00

Cervical Discectomy

Cervical discectomy is typically approached from the front. A small incision is made on the right side of the neck in a skin crease. A careful dissection to move the important blood vessels, nerves, trachea, and esophagus away from the anterior spinal canal is performed. When the disc is removed, a spacer or disc replacement is placed the disc has been excised (In between the two vertebral bodies). In most cases, the use of plates and screws is not necessary

How long will the procedure take?

A cervical discectomy is an out-patient procedure, lasting about one hour. Patients are usually able to return home the same day.

Will there be any follow up care needed after surgery?

Yes, following a cervical discectomy the skin is closed with Steri-Strips.  Driving and repetitive motions of the neck are restricted for three weeks following surgery, and our office will be in continuous contact to ensure proper post-operative care.

Are there any risks associated with this procedure?

Complications following a cervical discectomy involve typical risks associated with any spine operation.  Although never anticipated, other complications including hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, injury to the trachea or esophagus, extrusion or failure of implant material and injury to the spinal cord can occur.  Dr. Tomaszek will address all risks associated with a cervical procedure during your consultation, and will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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Dr. Tomaszek will assess each patient individually, creating a unique treatment regimen tailored to every concern you may have.  A MRI and other diagnostic studies will likely be obtained to thoroughly examine the underlying pain causes.  Located in The Woodlands/Spring area and serving all of greater Houston, schedule your consultation appointment today!
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