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Neck Surgery

MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics  -  - Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons located in San Antonio, TX

Millions of Americans live with chronic neck pain that interferes with their quality of life. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Frank K. Kuwamura III, MD, at MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics, provides expert neck surgery to repair conditions like herniated discs and bone spurs. If you have severe, chronic neck pain, call one of the two MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics locations in San Antonio, Texas, or schedule a consultation online.

Neck Surgery Q & A

Why would I need neck surgery?

At MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics, Dr. Kuwamura provides neck surgery to repair a variety of painful conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

In many cases, Dr. Kuwamura tries to treat your neck condition with nonsurgical treatments, including corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, regenerative medicine, and medication. 

However, if these less invasive treatments don’t effectively reduce your pain, he can perform expert neck surgery.

What are the available neck surgeries?

Dr. Kuwamura provides a variety of neck surgeries, including anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), laminectomy, laminoplasty, and Mobi-C® cervical disc transplants. 

Your lamina is the back part of your vertebra. Laminectomy and laminoplasty procedures remove parts of your lamina to reduce compression on the nerves that pass through your cervical spine. 

ACDF

During ACDF surgery, Dr. Kuwamura repairs damage caused by degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. After you’re prepared for surgery and under anesthesia, he makes an incision in the front of your neck. 

When he accesses your cervical spine, he removes the damaged disc — the discectomy part of the procedure. Then, Dr. Kuwamura places a bone graft and secures it with medical-grade screws or wire — the fusion part of your surgery. In some cases, he puts a plate into your cervical spine to provide support while the fusion occurs. 

Mobi-C cervical disc

The Mobi-C cervical disc is a prosthetic cervical disc replacement that’s designed to restore segmental motion and disc height following a discectomy. The device absorbs shock and moves like a natural spinal disc, allowing you a full range of rotation and movement in your neck. 

Dr. Kuwamura doesn’t need to remove any bone to fit you with a Mobi-C cervical disc, and it doesn’t need any screws to hold it in place. With simple, one-step insertion, Dr. Kuwamura can repair your cervical spine. 

What should I expect after neck surgery? 

In most cases, you need to wear a neck brace after surgery to provide extra support and stability while you heal. 

Dr. Kuwamura prescribes medication to relieve any post-surgical pain and prevent infection. He also recommends physical therapy to restore your strength and range of motion.

Call MD Spine Care and Orthopaedics or make an appointment online today to learn about your neck surgery options.