Neck Surgery

Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center -  - Neurosurgery

Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center

Neurosurgery, Physical Medicine, Pain Medicine, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located throughout Georgia

If you require neck surgery due to an injury, disease, or chronic pain, the experienced neurosurgeons at Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center in Sandy Springs, College Park, Johns Creek, and Bethlehem, Georgia, are here for you. They use the most innovative, state-of-the-art surgical equipment and procedures, including robotic spine surgery, to relieve neck pain and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center over the phone or online at the first sign of chronic or severe neck pain.

Neck Surgery Q & A

Why might I require neck surgery?

You may require neck surgery to repair an injury or relieve chronic pain associated with spinal cord or nerve root compression if nonsurgical treatments haven’t worked for you. Reasons for neck surgery include:

  • Decompressing the spinal cord
  • Stabilizing the cervical spine
  • Removing damaged discs that irritate nerves
  • Alleviating pain
  • Improving spinal alignment
  • Preserving range of motion in your neck
  • Preventing further damage of degeneration

Your Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center doctor uses the most advanced equipment and techniques for spine surgery.

What are the different types of neck surgery?

Your neurosurgeon might recommend one or more of the following types of neck surgery, depending on your injury and symptoms:

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF)

ACDF removes problematic discs in your cervical spine through the front part of your neck. Your surgeon also completes cervical spinal fusion to maintain the stability of your spine.

Cervical artificial disc replacement

Your neurosurgeon removes a damaged disc and replaces it with an artificial disc during cervical artificial disc replacement.

Spinal decompression

There are numerous ways to complete spinal decompression surgery to increase space in your spinal canal. Your surgeon might restructure or remove part of your vertebrae or discs through the front or back part of your neck.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Your doctor gives you pre-surgery instructions, such as avoiding food and drinks prior to the procedure. You will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep so you don’t feel any pain. 

After surgery, you rest in a recovery room for a period of time before having someone drive you home. Your surgeon gives you post-surgery instructions and lets you know when to return for a follow-up visit. You may require physical therapy during your recovery to optimize results.

Is neck surgery right for me?

To find out if neck surgery is right for you, Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center specialists review your medical history and symptoms and complete a physical exam. They use diagnostic imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy, injections, or other nonsurgical options first.

Don’t live with chronic neck pain or a non-healing injury when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Polaris Spine & Neurosurgery Center over the phone or online to learn more about your options.