The Cervical Disc Replacement Experts

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.


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What is a 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.

Cervical Disc Replacement Procedure Essentials

Patient Satisfaction. Very High
Does It Require an Overnight Stay? Sometimes. It depends on a few factors
Incision Size. Less than an inch
Recovery Details. Walking the day of the surgery, back to work or play in a couple weeks to a couple months

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.



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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.