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A 42-year-old motor cyclist comes off her bike. She has sustained a flexion distraction injury to her cervical spine leading to a bilateral facet dislocation at level C5-6. On further assessment she is found to have decreased sensation over her left thumb and decreased power with left wrist extension. Her other injuries include a small hemopneumothorax with anterior 5th to 10th rib fractures, successfully treated with a chest drain. Her GCS is currently 15.
After ATLS assessment and adequate resuscitation an MRI of the cervical spine demonstrates a large disc herniation at level C5-6.
What is the single best option for management?
QUESTION ID: 1083