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Surgery For A Herniated Disc In The Neck? You’ve Got Options!

Authored by Dr. Ehsan Jazini, MD. January 15, 2019

Herniated discs in the neck are often associated with pain and weakness/numbness trailing down the neck, shoulder, and even into the arms. This is a result of nerve compression along the spinal cord and can lead to long-term damage if not managed successfully. If you’ve tried conservative treatment options like rest and physical therapy, spine surgery may be the best solution.

Whether you just found out you need spine surgery, or you’ve been researching for a while, you’ve got options when it comes to treating your herniated disc!


In some instances, a herniated disc not only compresses the nerve but can leave the spine unstable. For this reason, spinal fusions have been the traditional gold standard treatment for decompressing the spinal cord, while also creating long term stability. This procedure has been improved with the use of 3D printing to produce stronger fusion implants.


Motion preservation technology has steadily advanced over the last 10 years, allowing surgeons to relieve pressure off the nerves while preserving motion in the neck. Artificial disc replacements have also shown to reduce the risk of degeneration in nearby discs and mitigates the need for future surgeries.


Hybrid procedures combine the best of both worlds into one surgery — stability from a spinal fusion and motion preservation from an artificial disc. When appropriate, a hybrid cervical spine fusion with artificial disc replacement may be recommended to obtain stability at one level in the neck while preserving motion at another.

Spine surgery recommendations should be entirely dependent on your individual diagnosis and tailored to your recovery goals. The specialists at Virginia Spine Institute will consider your individual goals before recommending a personalized care plan.

Dr. Ehsan Jazini is a board certified spine surgeon at Virginia Spine Institute. 

He has been the first in the nation, and in the world, to perform advanced surgical techniques in cervical disc replacement, augmented reality (AR) spine surgery, and robotic spine surgery. Dr. Jazini was the first in the world to perform Augmented Reality guided personalized spine implant surgery using artificial intelligence. As a leading published author in the field of spine surgery, Dr. Jazini was selected as the Editor in Chief of The Spine Health Journal for the National Spine Health Foundation. Learn more about Dr. Jazini.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Ehsan Jazini, MD.

Reviewed by: Dr. Ehsan Jazini, MD.

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