Question:If someone has damaged a disc in their upper back or neck, can they have the same type of surgery as someone who has hurt their lower back?
Answer:Many people with upper back or neck pain do end up having to have surgery to relieve the pain or to regain good function.
Just like people who have disc problems in the lower back, if the problem is in the neck, the disc can be removed and the remaining discs can be fused together with bone either from the patient's hip or a cadaver donor, or a replacement can be put into place.Andrew K. Simpson, BS, et al. Quantifying the Effects of Age, Gender, Degeneration, and Adjacent Level Degeneration on Cervical Spine Range of Motion Using Multivariate Analyses. In Spine. January 15, 2008. Vol. 33. No. 2. Pp. 183-186.
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