Neck surgery consideration in certain circumstances

Neuro-corner-logo-e1591749929165.jpg?fit=260%2C220&ssl=1

Neuro Corner Answers


Dr. Andrew Isaacs
DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

Primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors


Question

LINDA ASKS:

Is there ever a reason cervical surgery cannot be done because of where the herniation is in the neck?
Thank you

ANSWER

When intervertebral disks herniate in the neck the intervertebral disk material can end up in a variety of locations surrounding the spinal cord and nerves. The ability to remove the herniated intervertebral disk material can be more challenging in certain circumstances. It is usually not that surgery cannot be performed, but rather how difficult the surgery would be to perform and the risk associated with performing the surgery.

Andrew


Disclaimer:

This information is presented for educational purposes and as a resource for the dog IVDD community. The coordinators are not veterinarians or health care professionals. Nothing herein should be interpreted as medical advice and all should contact their pet care professionals for advice. The coordinators are not responsible for the substance and content contained herein and do not advocate any particular product, item or position contained herein.

©2021 Linda Stowe, founder of DODGERSLISTcom and FACEBOOK.com/Dodgerslist