Cervical Radiculopathy

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Dr. Virella is a Board Certified Minimally Invasive Neurosurgeon

Agoura Hills / Palmdale / Valencia

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Specializing in Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment

What is cervical radiculopathy surgery?

Cervical radiculopathy surgery is performed to decompress a pinched nerve. There are several types of cervical radiculopathy surgeries. The most common that Dr. Virella performs are the following:

  • A discectomy. Portions of a nerve pinching intervertebral disc are removed.
  • An artificial disc replacement. A diseased or damaged disc is removed and then replaced with an implant.
  • A laminectomy. The posterior portion of a vertebra is removed.

All of these procedures are effective at eliminating symptoms. The decision regarding which procedure to perform is one that Dr. Virella makes based on each patient’s condition. The procedures are most often performed minimally invasively. Dr. Virella uses this type of new and unique technique to provide his patients with the following benefits:

  • Less time in surgery
  • A smaller incision
  • A quicker recovery

Dr. Virella has helped countless patients using minimally invasive surgery as a cervical radiculopathy treatment/procedure. His education, skills, and experience allow him to provide patients with a treatment solution they cannot find elsewhere.

What does cervical radiculopathy surgery treat?

Cervical radiculopathy is used to treat a pinched nerve and the symptoms it causes. The most common of which are:

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Extremity weakness, numbness, and tingling

There are several conditions that can cause a pinched nerve. They include the following:

  • Herniated disc. Occurs when an intervertebral disc slips or bulges posteriorly into the spinal canal.
  • Spinal stenosis. A condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Osteoarthritis. A chronic disease that causes the wear and tear of vertebral bone and soft tissue. In many cases, osteoarthritis causes bony growths (bone spurs) that pinch the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots.

Patients who have been diagnosed with these conditions and are looking for a cervical radiculopathy doctor/surgeon who can provide them with symptom relief are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Virella.

If you are ready to find a solution to your back, neck or spine condition contact us to make an appointment with Dr. Virella. With three convenient locations in Agoura Hills, CA, Valencia, CA, and Palmdale, CA, making an appointment is easier than ever.

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Anthony Virella, MD
Anthony Virella, MD is a Board-Certified, Fellowship Trained Neurological Spine Surgeon with advanced training in the management spinal disorders. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Neurosurgery Residency Program and completed his Complex Spine Resident Fellowship at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Additional work included a second Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the UCLA Comprehensive Spine Center.  Dr. Virella is a nationally recognized spine specialist and has authored numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally in the field of Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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Board Certified Neurosurgeon, Dr. Anthony Virella, is a pioneer in Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery specializing in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Procedures. If surgery is recommended, Dr. Virella specializes in minimally invasive procedures that often require an incision of only an inch or less.

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Nervous or Apprehensive about taking the first step?
People all over the world delay their treatments due to long-term anxieties and fears surrounding spine surgery and treatments in general. Our practice has worked with many patients over the years and we understand these valid concerns. If you have these general concerns, please click below to read “A Message from Dr. Virella“.
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Relieving your pain should not be a cause for anxiety, and we take every step possible to make sure our patients are comfortable, secure and relaxed from their first visit to their last. Remember, there is nothing scary about taking back control of your life and relieving your pain. Our practice is highly organized and provides step-by-step guided help the entire way to keep you relaxed with your focus where it should be- on you.

You’ve already taken the first step by searching for the right doctor and can soon be on a path to a pain-free life. Call our practice today (805-449-0088or request a callback to come and visit with me. We will sit down together and discuss your concerns. Then, I will provide you with a thorough analysis and review of a suggested care path and treatment options.

I pride myself in being extremely attentive to my patients, using extreme caution and putting to work my experience (of nearly two decades) in conservative treatments and minimally invasive procedures that have given thousands of patient their lives back. I have spent my life designing a new approach to spine treatments that reduce any anxieties of my patients by providing them with a comprehensive strategy that makes sense and is proven.

Don’t let your pain get worse by delaying getting the help you need. Neglecting needed treatment will (almost certainly) make your situation worse. We hope you decide to take control of your pain and your life. We welcome and look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to shares our skills and successes with you. Thank you for taking the time to read and we hope to see you soon.

ANTHONY A. VIRELLA M.D., F.A.C.S