Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical Disc Replacement is a surgical procedure performed to treat degenerative disc disease. Cervical disc replacement surgery is performed by one of our experienced spine surgeons.
The Cervical Disc Replacement is a surgical treatment used for a spinal condition in which the cervical disc starts to put stress on nerve roots causing discomfort and neck pain because of a pinched nerve.
Who Needs Cervical Disc Replacement?
With age and reduced bone health, many people experience neck pain, which is the cause of a herniated or damaged disc.
Many people who experience neck pain are able to acquire relief from their distress through intensive rehab and therapies.
However, when traditional management hasn’t resolved the pain, experts may recommend cervical artificial disc replacement surgery.
Symptoms of cervical disc degeneration and disease may include:
- Neck pain and/or stiffness.
- Clumsiness or problems with balance.
- Pain which radiates to the shoulders or arms.
- Weakness in the arms, shoulders, hands, or legs.
- Unresponsiveness or tingling in the arms.
How is Cervical Disc Replacement Performed?
The procedure is prescribed by our New Jersey Spine Specialists after a complete medical checkup and detailed study of the patient’s medical history. Many factors are considered by the specialist before the procedure is prescribed. These factors include:
- The lifestyle of the patient.
- Health condition.
- Anticipated levels of activity after the surgery.
The procedure is initiated by our spine surgeons by making a small incision on the front of the neck of the patient at the level of the damaged disc. After the incision, soft tissues and the muscles of the neck are gently moved away to get a better view of the cervical spine.
The specialists then open the disc space and remove the damaged or diseased disc.
The removed disc is replaced by an artificial disc.
Finally, fluoroscopy is performed, which confirms that the implanted artificial disc is properly placed. In special cases, the use of metal plates or pins is required to encourage spinal fusion. The muscles and soft tissues of the neck and gently replaced to their original location, and then the incision is closed.
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How Long Is Recovery for Cervical Disc Replacement?
- Complete recovery from cervical disc replacement surgery takes around two to three months.
- You will likely have to follow physical rehabilitation as well.
What Is the Success Rate of Cervical Disc Replacement?
- The outcome of the cervical disc replacement procedure is optimistic; 60 patients showed a success rate of 86% at six months after surgery, and a 90% success rate was observed in 30 patients at one year after the surgery.
How Should I Sleep After Cervical Disc Replacement?
- For sleeping after cervical disc replacement, you should place a pillow under your back and hips, so you don’t roll out of this position.
- While you are sleeping on your back, avoid putting your arms over your head as it puts too much stress on your shoulders and neck.
How Does an Artificial Disc Stay in Place?
- The replaced artificial disc stays put in its place with the help of screws or a press-fit anchor that holds the implant to the bones.