Most neck pain is caused by wear and tear that occurs in the intervertebral discs and joints of the cervical spine (neck). Many patients who have neck pain do not require surgery. However, if non-operative treatments, like epidural steroid injection or physical therapy, fail to control your pain, your surgeon may suggest a cervical laminectomy and/or discectomy with or without fusion.
Cervical laminectomy and/or discectomy with possible fusion can help to remove pressure from the nerves caused by bones spurs or bulging or herniated discs as well as stop the motion between two vertebrae if fused. The type of cervical surgery recommended by your neurosurgeon will be determined by the nature and extent of your symptoms as well as the findings on your imaging studies.