We Value Your Privacy

We and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at anytime by returning to this site.

Update Consent
Loading ...

Recovery Time for Surgery of Bulging Disks of the Neck

Updated November 21, 2016

A bulging or herniated disk often requires surgery to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. The recovery process depends largely on the overall health of the patient.

Loading ...


A herniated disk occurs when the gel centre of the disk ruptures through a weak area in the wall of the vertebra. This condition is often extremely painful, as this gel-like material presses on the spinal nerves.


The symptoms of a bulging disk in the neck include radiating pain down the arm, pain in the hand, neck pain, shoulder blade pain, trouble turning your head, muscle weakness in the biceps and triceps, and a decreased grip strength.

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be performed to relieve pain from bulging disks in the neck. Types of surgeries include anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion, artificial disc replacement, and posterior cervical diskectomy.


Recovery is an individual process that largely depends on your health and physical condition. Other factors that can speed up the recovery process are a positive attitude, performing all strengthening exercises prescribed by your doctor or physical therapist, and returning to work as soon as possible. Your doctor may prescribe medications for pain as well as light-duty work for a few weeks.


As with any surgery, there are risks associated with surgery to repair a bulging cervical disk. These include infection, numbness of the arm or hand, bleeding and problems with general anaesthesia. Consult your doctor prior to surgery to discuss any concerns you may have.

Loading ...

About the Author

Tracy Hodge has been a professional writer since 2007. She currently writes content for various websites, specializing in health and fitness. Hodge also does ghostwriting projects for books, as well as poetry pieces. She has studied nutrition extensively, especially bodybuilding diets and nutritional supplements.

Loading ...