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.