Generally, if you’ve been experiencing the painful symptoms of a C5/C6 herniated disc for more than six months or significant neurologic symptoms, it’s time to consider spine surgery. Consult with a top Dallas neurosurgeon Dr. David Barnett, who will formulate the least invasive treatment plan to reduce pain, restore mobility, and relieve herniated disc symptoms—so you can resume your life.
What is a Herniated Disc C5/C5?
A herniated disc occurs when the inner gel of the intervertebral discs protrudes through the tough, fibrous outer layer and presses on the adjacent nerve root or spinal cord, which causes considerable pain and dysfunction. Herniations are often caused by injuries or age-related deterioration, but a sedentary lifestyle, tobacco use, genetics, and poor posture can exacerbate them.
As the condition worsens, symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, loss of balance, or paralysis along any part of the body at or below the point of impingement. These symptoms may start as minor inconveniences but can quickly become debilitating.
How is a C5/C6 Herniated Disc Treated?
Dr. Barnett considers minimally invasive surgery only for patients with significant neurologic deficits or having failed other treatment protocols, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, activity modification, and a physical therapy regimen, have failed to alleviate the symptoms.
If you’ve been told you need surgery, seek a second opinion from Dr. Barnett. Using state-of-the-art technology, he is able to offer a full spectrum of conservative and surgical treatments designed to improve the lives of his patients.
What Happens in a C5/C6 Herniated Disc Surgery?
The most common surgery used for a C5/C6 herniated disc is Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) surgery. It is minimally invasive, offers comparatively low risk to the patient, and is highly successful. A small incision is made in the neck to allow access to the injured disc, which is removed. The resulting open space is filled with a graft allowing fusion to eventually occur. Depending on the circumstances, other surgical options include anterior cervical foraminotomy or anterior cervical discectomy with artificial disc placement. Many patients can return to normal activities within three months.
Trusted North Texas Neurosurgeon
David Barnett, M.D., is a top board-certified neurosurgeon who has served the DFW community and surrounding area for over 30 years. When you have a C5/C6 herniated disc, you need relief. Whether you’re seeking treatment or need a second opinion from an experienced neurosurgical specialist, contact us to schedule a consultation today.