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Cervical Disc Herniation

Neck hernia (cervical disc hernia) is a problem of the prolapse between the bones of the spine in the neck. This disc is made of a soft cartilaginous material.

As a result of the tearing of the outer protective layer of the gel-like structure inside, it may put pressure on the spinal cord and, or the nerve coming out of that area. This can cause symptoms in the neck and along the affected nerves.


Neck Hernia Symptoms

Cervical disc herniation will often cause symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness in the arm along the area of the compressed nerve root.

Patients may or may not have neck pain or headache symptoms, but most of the symptoms may be in the arm. In severe cases, the disc can compress the spinal cord, leading to loss of balance, loss of coordination, and severe nervous dysfunction.

Diagnosis of Neck Hernia

Radiographic evaluation of a suspected spinal condition begins with a plain X-ray. Neck hernia, which is composed of soft tissue rather than bone, is not seen on X-ray; however, other associated changes such as calcifications, disc space narrowing, and bone spurs (osteophytes) may occur.

An MRI scan is the best way to diagnose this condition. When bone detail is required, myelogram/CT should be taken. It is more invasive than MRI and can produce effects such as headaches, but may be necessary in some cases to describe the anatomy.

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Cervical Disc Herniation Treatment

Conservative treatment is typically the first line of treatment.

It may include rest, non-steroidal medications, short-term oral steroids, and physical therapy.

If symptoms do not improve, epidural injection, which is an injection of steroids into the area of nerve entrapment, may be indicated.

Surgical treatment can give excellent results when there are progressive neurological problems or when symptoms are not relieved by conservative treatment.

Surgical Treatment of Neck Hernia

Microsurgery, which is the gold standard in surgical intervention, 'microdistectomy' method is applied. Thanks to this surgical method, patients can recover very comfortably and quickly. The operation is usually performed on the right front of our neck.

The operation takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. A microscope is used throughout the surgery. Since we are approaching from the front in neck hernia, the entire disc distance is taken and an implant that is completely compatible with the body, which we call the peak cage (cage), is placed in order to maintain the disc distance height. Patients are discharged 1 day after the operation.

Exercises start after approximately 1 week. This operation is much more effective and much more comfortable when compared to the old methods. It does not create a situation that requires the patient to be afraid. The patient can start working within 10 days according to the work he/she does.

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1 Comment to “ Neck Hernia Causes, Symptoms and Treatment”

  1. Braden Bills says :Reply

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