Surgery for cervical disc disease typically involves removing the disc that is pinching the nerve or pressing on the spinal cord this surgery is called a discectomy . Cervical spine surgery is generally performed on an elective basis to treat either nerve spinal cord impingement decompression surgery spinal instability fusion surgery the two procedures are often combined as a decompression may de stabilize the spine and create the need for a fusion to add stability. Cervical spine surgery may be indicated for a variety of spinal neck problems generally surgery may be performed for degenerative disorders trauma or instability these conditions may produce pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerves coming from the spine. Cervical spinal stenosis is a condition that involves discomfort caused by the compression of your spinal cord the cervical spinal canal is a tube within the bones of your neck that contains the spinal cord the spinal canal can be narrowed by bone spurs thickened ligaments or a herniated disc. The advancements made in cervical spine surgery have allowed for a safer release of the spinal cord vertebral fixation and the conservation of function options for cervical spine surgery the goal of cervical spine surgery is to relieve the pain and resolve the underlying problem this is often done through nerve decompression surgery
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