Cervical Disc Herniation

Conservative treatment for cervical disc herniation includes:

  • Rest
  • 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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San Francisco, CA 94143-0332
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