Most of the time, surgery is a very extreme solution, and not always a successful one. From a surgeon's perspective, there are numerous techniques that can be used, but as yet, medical research has not identified any one of them as the best choice. Generally, a laminectomy
, which goes in through the back or an anterior cervical decompression from the front may be done.
Studies show that a surgical approach from the back does not always yield the best results in terms of getting out all the bone spurs and pieces of disk that tend to be located further toward the front. Sometimes a spinal fusion is performed in the same operation. Discussing the options with your doctor prior to surgery is imperative.