Neck Surgery for Residents of DeKalb, IL & Elsewhere in DeKalb County
Neck surgery may be recommended to address painful symptoms caused by cervical radiculopathy, a condition that can result from age-related spinal degeneration or a traumatic injury to the neck. Commonly known as a pinched nerve in the neck (the cervical region of the spine), this condition occurs when a spinal nerve root becomes compressed or irritated. This can lead to neck pain that radiates down into the shoulders, as well as muscle weakness in the arms and hands. Individuals from DeKalb and the surrounding Illinois areas who are experiencing these symptoms can receive a prompt diagnosis, individualized treatment (including neck surgery, if required), and supportive follow-up care at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute.
The spine experts at MOI’s spine center of excellence are committed to practicing conservative orthopaedic medicine whenever possible; therefore, and we generally view neck surgery as a treatment of last resort. In most cases, the symptoms caused by a pinched nerve in the neck respond very well to nonsurgical treatments, such as physical therapy and medications. MOI also offers a comprehensive range of interventional pain management procedures, including epidural steroid injections, medial branch blocks, radiofrequency ablations, and more.
In the event that neck surgery becomes necessary to treat persistent or worsening symptoms, MOI’s fellowship-trained neuro/spine surgeon may recommend a procedure designed to decompress, or reduce pressure on, a compressed spinal nerve root in the neck. To accomplish this, our surgeon may remove a bone spur or displaced soft tissue (caused by disc herniation) to create more space for the affected nerve root. Some commonly performed neck surgery procedures include:
- Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
- Artificial disc replacement
- Posterior cervical laminoforaminotomy
Because the wait times for an appointment with other spine specialists in the area can exceed several weeks – and neck surgery is recommended in less than 10 percent of all cases – many patients are forced to wait in pain for weeks before receiving a proper diagnosis and treatment. At MOI’s spine center, individuals who are experiencing neck or back problems can promptly see a spine specialist, receive coordinated care, and benefit from timely treatment.
To learn more about neck surgery and other treatment options available at Midwest Orthopaedic Institute, contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our offices in the DeKalb, IL, area.