Cervical Discectomy - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Cervical Discectomy Details

Your spine is a soft spongy rod like structure which runs the entire length of your back and is the second largest coordinating center of your body with lots of neural tissue and several nerves and blood vessels. Your spine is protected by a hard bony structure called backbone. The backbone is made up of small segments called vertebrae which enable you to move, and are held together with the help of cartilaginous tissue. The tissue present between two adjacent vertebrae forms the disk or cushion between them and allow you to move as desired. When there is some extra growth or degeneration of this tissue, your doctor needs to perform a discectomy to help you live a more normal life.

Before Cervical Discectomy

The cervical area refers to the neck region of your body. Your doctor needs to perform several diagnostic tests to determine the exact cause of your discomfort. If your doctor finds that there is herniation of the disk, meaning that there is extra growth of the tissue that is compressing or putting pressure on your spine, they will suggest you to undergo cervical discectomy. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and will do the required blood tests and various other preparations for the surgery. You need to go for the surgery with an empty stomach. Your doctor might even ask you to bathe with an antibiotic soap to lower the risk of infection.

How it is performed

To perform the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in your neck along the natural crease line. After reaching the desired vertebra your doctor will dissect the disk and will remove the nucleus of the disk. After that has been removed your doctor will also remove the tissue of the disc, this helps in releasing the pressure from your spine. After the damaged disks have been removed the Doctor will remove or scrape out some more bone tissue to make place for the cushion grafts to support and maintain adequate gap between vertebrae. After securing the grafts in place the vertebrae will be locked in desired or correct fashion with help of a metal plate and screws. The incision is then closed and bandage is applied. Similar procedures are done to replace any other disk of the spine, it could lumbar area (lower back) or thoracic area (area behind the lungs or thoracic cavity)

Recovery

You will be required to wear a neck collar for couple of weeks after the surgery. This is required to keep the movement minimum and to allow the implants to settle in your body. You might feel a highly swollen throat after the surgery and will be on liquid and soft diet for initial days. After the collar has been removed you will be asked to start with normal and basic exercise like nodding your head to gain the movements again.

Potential Risks

The procedure is typically risk free. An experienced surgeon can efficiently manage to protect important blood vessels. Damage to the spine has been reported in very less number of cases. You should prevent the wound from contact with water or moisture as it can develop infection.

Cost for Cervical Discectomy

US from $50,000
India from $8,400

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Cervical Discectomy Hospitals

Zulekha Hospital Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Vejthani Hospital

Bangkok, Thailand

Zulekha Hospital Sharjah

Sharjah , United Arab Emirates

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