When considering surgery as an option for successfully treating a back condition, it is important to understand the differences between surgeries to determine what option is best for you. Typically, surgery is only reserved for when conservative methods of treatment—such as medication or physical therapy—have failed to provide relief from pain and other symptoms.
The vertebrae that start at the base of your skull and are in your neck are called cervical vertebrae. You have 7 cervical vertebrae and your surgery will name which ones surround the damaged disc. For example, you may have been told you “need a discectomy and fusion of C 6-7.” You may hear your … Read more