The Lowdown on Low Back Pain
(and Other Aches)


Is neck surgery dangerous?

Properly done cervical discectomies are not dangerous. Although the potential risks include bleeding, infection, nerve damage, and anesthetic complications, all of the risks are very rare. Complications occur in only about 1% of cervical surgeries. If you have a pinched nerve in the neck, the surgery will cure the pain about 95% of the time. The surgery takes about 45 minutes to an hour. Patients usually stay in the hospital only one night. Most return to normal activities within about six weeks.



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