Menu Spine Care Upper Back Cervical Spinal Fusion Cervical Spine Surgery Cervical Spine Surgery and Recovery Cervical Stenosis Medtronic O-Arm Imaging System Neck Pain Neck Pain and Balance Neck Pain and Sudden Weakness Spinal Cord Injuries Spondylolisthesis Your Cervical Spine Cervical Spine Surgery There are different types of pain that affect the neck, or cervical spine: Some neck pain can be mild and bothersome, while other neck pain can be severe and longer lasting. Both types of pain can impact your life, making daily activities more difficult and keeping you from doing the things you love. Fortunately, medication, physical therapy and other treatment options can successfully relieve neck pain. Your medical team will work closely with you to identify the source of your pain and create a plan to get you feeling better. If neck pain isn’t relieved with non-invasive treatment, you may be a candidate for cervical spine surgery. How do I know if I need neck surgery? Surgery is always the last option to help relieve neck pain. Your doctor may talk to you about neck surgery if: Non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, rest, neck braces or medication, don’t relieve your pain. Your quality of life is impacted by your neck pain. You have experienced neck pain for six months or more, with no relief. What type of cervical spine surgery will I need? The type of cervical spine surgery you will need largely depends on your diagnosis. Your physician will work closely with you to discuss surgery options and the surgery that is best for you. Common types of neck surgery include: Cervical disc replacement Cervical spinal fusion How can I prepare for neck surgery? If your doctor has recommended surgery, it’s important to prepare before you arrive at the hospital. Spend time becoming familiar with your procedure and learn how you can get on the road to recovery. If you use tobacco, this is a perfect time to stop. Nicotine prevents bone growth and reduces the chances of successful fusion. Avoid all tobacco products: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. Get on the road to recovery If you are concerned about your neck pain and would like to learn more about possible causes and treatment options, schedule a consultation today. The team at St. Elizabeth includes surgeons and specialists with unmatched experience in diagnosing and treating injuries, conditions and diseases that cause lumbar and sacral spine pain. Physicians and accredited providers offer their insight on how to best treat your back pain. Meet our non-surgical spine doctors. If you need surgery, our experienced affiliated surgeons will map out a plan that’s tailored to your health history, condition and symptoms. Meet our surgeons.