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Cervical Disc Replacement


Cervical disc replacement involves removing a damaged cervical disc and replacing it with an artificial disc. The procedure is used when the space between the vertebrae in your neck narrows and bone or a cervical disc are putting pressure on your spinal cord or nerves, causing pain, numbness, and weakness that can radiate to the shoulder, arm, and hand.

Cervical artificial disc replacement is only considered when nonsurgical treatments have been tried for several weeks without sufficient relief.

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Woman regains active lifestyle - how cervical disc replacement can help


Cervical disc replacement surgery can help you get back to your regular activities by relieving your pain and numbness and restoring your range of motion. Minimally invasive cervical disc replacement can be performed on an outpatient basis and offers a quick recovery and minimal scarring because it requires only a tiny incision. Cervical disc replacement success rates are impressive, with most patients recovering completely within a few short weeks.

Conditions and Symptoms Treated

Cervical artificial disc replacement is used to treat degenerative disc disease and to treat symptoms such as:

  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain that radiates to the shoulders or arms
  • Weakness of your shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms

How to Prepare for Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

You will be given preparation instructions before your cervical disc replacement. You may be asked to do the following things to prepare for your surgery:

  • Stop certain supplements and medications – Some supplements and medications increase the risk of bleeding. You will be told which of your medications to stop taking and for how long.
  • Stop smoking – Smoking slows recovery and has been linked to neck pain. You may be asked to stop smoking for some time before and after your cervical disc replacement.
  • Fast for 6 to 12 hours – You will be told exactly how many hours to avoid food and drink before your procedure.
  • Arrange a ride home – You cannot drive after back surgery and will be required to arrange for a drop-off and pick-up before your procedure.

It is important to follow your preparation instructions. Failing to do so can result in the postponement of your procedure.

The Procedure

Cervical disc replacement is performed through a small incision on the neck measuring approximately 1 inch. The damaged disc is removed and any bone spurs are smoothed away using a special instrument. The artificial disc is then placed in the empty space and anchored in place and the incision closed and covered with dressing. A soft collar may be put on your neck to help support your neck and you will be moved to a recovery room to be monitored for a couple of hours.


Recovery Timeline

Most patients can return to most of their regular activities within 4 to 6 weeks. You will be advised as to when you can get back to certain activities. Depending on the nature of your job, you may be able to return to work within a week or two after your surgery.

Pain medication will be given to help manage any discomfort after the procedure. You may be told to wear a neck collar for a week or two. Physical therapy is often recommended after spine surgery to help you regain your range of motion and flexibility.

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