Cervical & Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatment:
Herniated discs are often managed non-surgically through over-the-counter medication, steroid injections, physical therapy or prescription medications; however, if non-surgical treatment does not provide relief, surgery may be performed.
To relieve a herniated disc, a neurosurgeon will remove the portion of the disc protruding into the spinal canal or rarely, the entire disc. This procedure, called an anterior cervical discectomy (ACDF), relieves pressure on the spine. The anterior discectomy is the removal of the herniated disc material through an incision in the neck. After the herniation is removed, a neurosurgeon performs spinal fusion. This involves placing a bone graft and metal hardware, like screws, on the vertebrae above and below the herniated disc; over time, the bone graft and vertebrae fuse, functioning as one bone and providing stability in the spine.