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Cervical Disc Replacement

Artificial Disc Replacement

Cervical disc replacement–also referred to as “artificial disc replacement”–typically relieves pain caused by a herniated or degenerated disc or bone spurs in the neck.

Benefits of Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical disc replacement is an alternative procedure to spinal fusions, usually in the cervical (neck) section of the spine. Cervical disc replacement is typically performed on an outpatient basis, but in some cases, the number of levels that your physician treats may require a one- or two-night stay.

To determine if you are a candidate for cervical disc replacement, contact one of our Patient Care Managers at 877.474.2225. We’ll review a recent MRI or CT-scan at no cost to you to see if we can help.

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Details of the Cervical Disc Replacement

The procedure begins with a small incision in the front of the neck. The bulging or herniated disc that is compressing the nerve root is removed, and the vertebrae are cleared of all damaged disc tissue and shaped to accept an implant. Most often, the end pieces of the artificial disc are then anchored to the bone above and below the surgical site. Over time, new bone growth will cover these portions of the disc, while the disc’s core remains free to move as needed.

Artificial spinal discs can be made from a variety of materials, including metal and plastic. Whatever the materials used, each replacement disc is designed to promote normal spinal function by allowing the end pieces to move freely around the disc’s core, absorbing shock like a natural disc and maintaining proper spacing in your spinal column.

Preparing for the Cervical Disc Replacement

Before pursuing a Cervical Disc Replacement, prospective patients should have tried conservative methods, such as physical therapy, chiropractic, and spinal injections. If those methods have not produced meaningful relief, you may be a candidate for a North American Spine procedure.

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Cervical Disc Replacement Recovery

The recovery period following a Cervical Disc Replacement is typically much shorter than the recovery period for open spine surgery. Usually, a patient will stay in the surgery center for 1-3 days after the procedure, and medical leave from work may last from 3-6 weeks, though light activities may be resumed much sooner than that.  Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication as needed, and may recommend a brace and follow-up physical therapy. The vast majority of patients report a significant and lasting reduction–or the complete eradication–of their pre-op pain. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician.

While every surgery carries some risk of injury or infection, complications and adverse events are rare. Your physician will counsel you on these risks prior to the procedure.

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Cervical Disc Replacement Testimonial

Andrea S.

Condition: Bulging Disc

Procedure: Cervical Disc Replacement

“I cannot say enough wonderful things.”

"I cannot say enough wonderful things about the facility, staff and doctor that helped me."

"Before my procedure, I was doing very little in my lifestyle - which was completely out of the norm for me. Any physical activity would flare up my condition and I rotated ice packs on my neck/shoulder the majority of the day. It was in constant discomfort without any relief."

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Some of our former patients have been kind enough to offer to speak with back and neck pain sufferers who are looking into treatment options. We encourage you to take them up on it! After we determine a treatment plan, we’ll connect you with a past patient who had a similar condition and procedure.

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