What to Consider Before Surgery
A herniated disc in the neck doesn’t always require immediate surgery unless there is a serious medical issue resulting from the nerve compression. Otherwise, patients are typically encouraged to explore non-surgical options. Common treatments for neck pain due to disc herniation include anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling that’s contributing to any experienced pain and the application of heat or cold.
Before and After a Cervical Microdiscectomy
Since the surgery is performed under general anesthesia, certain medications may need to be stopped prior to cervical microdiscectomy surgery. Any other instructions before surgery will be based on a patient’s overall health and specific circumstances. Neck strain should be avoided after the procedure to allow the neck time to heal. If a fusion needs to be performed, a neck brace may be worn. Even without a fusion, a soft brace is sometimes worn post-surgery to encourage healing.