Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Nov. 15, 2010
Updated: Nov. 17, 2010
An anterior cervical discectomy is a procedure in which the disc in between two vertebrae in the neck is removed.
Anterior cervical discectomy is done through a small incision in the front or back of the neck. A fusion procedure or artificial disc replacement is performed after the disc is removed.
You will be in the hospital one to two days depending on the number of levels that were treated.
You will be in some pain from the surgery. Your physician will prescribe narcotic pain relievers while in the hospital and for about three months post-operatively.
Recovery time is typically four to six weeks. During this time you will follow the instructions given by your physician. These may include restrictions on specific movements and addressing the activities of your daily living.