Neck Pain (cont.)
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Surgery is rarely needed for neck pain. It may be an option when:
Some people can consider artificial disc replacement instead of spinal fusion. This surgery is currently just for carefully selected patients, and it is done by specially trained surgeons. Doctors have not yet done long-term studies to know how well this works over time.
Some people with chronic facet joint pain have a surgery called percutaneous radiofrequency neurotomy. The facet joint is a portion of the spine in the neck that is sometimes responsible for neck pain after whiplash. One review suggests that this surgery offers short-term relief for chronic neck pain. Almost 60 out of 100 people with whiplash said they were pain-free more than 6 months after treatment.2 That means the surgery did not get rid of the pain in 40 out of 100 people. And the pain will most likely come back over time.
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