Cervical Disc Herniation and Cervical Radiculopathy

Dr Lee treats all conditions of the cervical spine.

Cervical Disc Herniation and Cervical Radiculopathy
Cervical Disc Herniation and Cervical Radiculopathy
There are seven bones (know as vertebra) which make up the cervical spine. Between each cervical vertebra, lies the intervertebral disc, which acts as a shock absorber during neck movement. The intervertebral disc is susceptible to the aging process, and can lose its elasticity overtime with progressive weakening of the covering (annulus) that contains the gel like properties of the intervertebral disc (nucleus pulposus).

Cervical disc herniation is a condition where bulging or protrusion of disc material of the cervical spine occurs, causing spinal cord compression or spinal nerve compression.

Cervical radiculopathy, also referred to as trapped nerve of the neck, is a condition typically caused by cervical disc herniation or bony overgrowth (bony spur or osteophyte), which causes shooting pain down the arm. Patients may experience numbness in the arms or hands too, and very rarely may experience weakness of the muscles due to nerve damage.

Many cervical spine conditions will not require surgical treatment, unless there is evidence of spinal cord or spinal nerve damage. Dr Lee may suggest a non-operative treatment plan for your condition. If the non-operative treatment fails, then surgery may be required.

Dr Lee focuses on obtaining an accurate diagnosis before implementing treatment.

Dr Lee performs the following surgeries for cervical disc herniation and cervical radiculopathy:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
    Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF, involves the removal of the affected disc and joining the bone segments of the cervical spine together, typically using a cage packed with bone graft.
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
    Cervical disc replacement involves removal of the affected disc, replacing it with an artificial disc. This surgical procedure preserves some movement between the bone segments of the cervical spine.

Dr Lee will discuss these treatment options with you if surgery is required.

Dr Lee is experienced in performing each of the techniques used for cervical spine treatment, along with the latest minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques. In addition, Dr Lee is also proficient with intraoperative navigation for spinal surgery.


The medical conditions and treatments outlined on this website are of a general nature. Information given is not intended as specific medical advice pertaining to any given patient and should be seen as a broad guide only. You must not rely on the information provided on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other health care professionals. If you have any specific questions about a medical condition, please consult your health care professional or contact Dr Lee’s rooms for a consultation and advice.