Conservative treatment for cervical disc herniation includes:
- Cervical collar or neck brace
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Steroid medication
- Physical therapy that may include cervical traction
About 10 percent of cervical herniation patients require surgery. Surgical procedures are available depending on the severity of herniation. They include:
- Microdiscectomy or removal of the herniated part of the disc.
- Anterior cervical decompression and fusion in which the disc is removed and the vertebrae are fused together by means of a dowel bone graft, which comes from cadaver bone, between the vertebrae.
- Cervical endoscopic foramenotomy, with or without discectomy, is a minimally invasive procedure in which the herniated disc material is removed using tiny incisions.
Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.
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- Timothy Wrenn
When Others Gave Up, UCSF Spine Surgeons Save Patient's Life