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Operation of the herniated disc: the postoperative consequences of the operation of the cervical disc herniation

If the operation of cervical disc herniation is more difficult to perform, postoperative follow-ups are much simpler. Indeed, surgeons do not damage surrounding tissues by accessing the disc.

When an arthrodesis (disc welding) is performed, the patient can wear a collar for six weeks as the structure consolidates. But the recent surgical techniques make it possible to get rid of these necklaces.

Thereafter, no rehabilitation is necessary.

The risks of the operation

Like any surgical procedure, the operation of the herniated disc involves risks, especially those related to general anesthesia.

The specific risks of herniated discs are infection of the operative site, meningitis, urinary or pulmonary infection, discitis (disc infection), neurological risk (lesion of a nerve) and the risk of recurrence.

A breach of a meninge (dural breach) may also occur. It is a hole in the outer membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord that can cause leakage of cerebrospinal fluid. In this case, the patient must remain on his back for two to three days to avoid severe headaches. A surgical operation is again considered when meningocele (pocket of cerebrospinal fluid) is formed.

Another case of surgical urgency is the compressive hematoma: a hematoma is formed and it compresses the dural sac, which can lead to neurological disorders.

Nevertheless, these complications are very rare.

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