Anterior Endoscopic Cervical Microdiscetomy


Anterior endoscopic cervical microdiscectomy procedures are minimally invasive surgeries performed to remove a herniated cervical disc with unnatural bulging. The surgery is conducted through a tiny hole in the neck and is designed to relieve chronic neck and arm pain from compressed nerve roots.


The surgeon will need access to the front of the neck to perform the surgery, so the patient will lie on their back as the area is sterilized while receiving anesthesia.

Accessing the Disc

When the small-hole incision is made in the neck, the vital structures are pushed aside as the surgeon inserts a fluoroscope to guide his or her instruments towards the disc surface. A guide wire is inserted near the disc as a small dilator tube is pushed down to the vertebrae through a working sleeve.

Correcting the Herniation

The surgeon will then push a tiny camera and other instruments through the sleeve using the endoscope to carefully guide their actions. The bulging portion of the disc in question is removed to relieve pressure on the surrounding nerves.

End of Procedure and Aftercare

The incision is bandaged up immediately following the closing of the procedure. Pain management efforts will begin post-surgery with the help from a cervical neck brace.

Herniated Disc Relief in Chicago

Relieve the pain caused by a herniated disc with the help from the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute’s professional team of orthopedic surgeons. Our board certified physicians are well versed in spine and back relief and can treat a variety of conditions from any of our Chicagoland locations. Feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment for assistance today.