Neck Pain Q&A
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can develop for several reasons, especially muscle strain and tension. When you have this type of neck pain, it’s often from poor posture, sitting at your desk for a long time, or from sudden movements, like car accidents.
Other common causes of neck pain include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Cervical disc degeneration
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Congenital abnormalities
If your neck pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs can recommend minimally invasive spinal surgery.
What is minimally invasive spinal surgery?
During a minimally invasive spinal surgery, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs uses a laser or scalpel to create tiny incisions to perform your procedure using a small camera.
Unlike traditional techniques using a long incision, this approach offers several advantages, including:
- Less trauma and blood loss at the surgical site
- Faster recovery with less pain
- Reduced chances of infection and scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Fewer risks of complications and nerve damage
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs can recommend several different minimally invasive approaches to relieve your neck pain based on your condition, such as disc replacement and minimally invasive fusion.
What is minimally invasive disc replacement?
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs performs minimally invasive cervical disc replacement to remove an unhealthy disc in your neck and insert a new, artificial one. This surgery can help stabilize your spine and eliminate pressure on any nerve roots in the area.
During this procedure, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs makes a small incision near the front of your neck and surgically removes your herniated or damaged disc. She also examines the surrounding structure for any other substances that could apply pressure on your spinal nerve root.
After preparing the space, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs inserts the new disc and closes your incision with a suture. Minimally invasive disc replacement usually takes 30-45 minutes while you’re under general anesthetic and can be done in office.
What is minimally invasive spinal fusion?
Minimally invasive spinal fusion is a specialized technique where Dr. Jacobs creates a tiny incision to access your spine.
To repair your diseased or damaged vertebrae, Dr. Lloydine Jacobs usually does the following:
- Removes the disc between your affected vertebrae
- Replaces your disc with bone or bone-like material
- Anchors your vertebrae in place with screws or other materials
Dr. Lloydine Jacobs performs minimally invasive fusion while you’re sedated. The entire procedure takes a few hours.