Cervical Disc Herniations can often improve with convalescence and tincture of time. However, when pain and weakness become intolerable, surgery is usually successful at relieving pain and improving weakness. The vast majority of patients undergo fusions to treat neck and arm pain. However, many patients with disc herniations can be treated without fusion. Discs that are mostly lateral, against the nerve, can be treated through a small one inch incision in the back of the neck. These patients most often go home the same day and can return to work within a few days.