Cervical Spinal Fusion
When surgery is the only option, persons with nerve root compression in their neck may undergo a cervical spine fusion.
Cervical discectomies are often done at the same time as cervical fusions.
Use of Implants in Cervical - or Neck - Surgery
In cervical spine - or neck - surgery, implants, such as the one Medtronic makes, are used to help hold the neck bones in place while they fuse.
Artificial Disk Replacement in the Neck
Artificial disk replacement is a new type of spine surgery that promises to restore motion in the neck or back. Research on artificial disk replacement in the neck is scantier than for the low back. But for both neck and low back artificial disk replacement is still too new to know what the outcome will be in the long run.