Physicians Who Perform Cervical Disc Replacement
North American Spine partner physicians are board-certified, minimally invasive specialists in Cervical Disc Replacement and other related procedures. They are among the best in the field, and many have served as teachers of the next generation of minimally invasive specialists.
Unlike at most practices, North American Spine partner physicians may collaborate on a complex procedure to ensure that all the required skill and knowledge is brought to the case. But perhaps the most telling fact of all is this: 97% of patients say they would recommend their doctor to a friend.
I had a bulging disc, sciatica, and annular tear damage. After my procedure, I'm back working at the fire station, playing golf, running, and doing anything and everything. PAIN FREE.
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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.
Cervical Disc Replacement Recovery
Cervical Disc Replacements are typically inpatient procedures, meaning patients will stay in the surgery center for 1-3 days. Recovery, however, is typically much shorter than the recovery period for open spine surgery. Typically, patients will be walking the same day of surgery and performing light activity within a few weeks. More in-depth, customized recovery guidelines will be provided by your North American Spine physician. The vast majority of patients report a significant and lasting reduction-or the complete eradication-of their pre-op pain.
While every surgery carries some risk of injury or infection, complications are rare. Your physician will counsel you on these risks prior to the procedure.