Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement is an innovative procedure where a degenerative disc in your neck is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. Discs are the soft tissue cushions in your spine that allow for motion. They can degenerate due to life’s aging process causing bulging which can put pressure on the nearby spinal cord or nerves. This nerve compression can often cause symptoms which may include pain, numbness, and/or tingling in the neck, shoulders, or arms. Cervical disc replacement is an exciting alternative to spinal fusion that allows you to maintain motion and limit stress to the surrounding discs.
This is a wonderful alternative to cervical spinal fusion as it maintains motion of your neck, treats your symptoms, and can give you a faster recovery.
Spinal fusions and artificial disc replacements are often used to treat similar conditions including disc herniations and degenerative disc disease. The key in determining which surgical intervention depends on the severity of symptoms and its impact on the spinal column.
This is a wonderful alternative to cervical spinal fusion as it maintains motion of your neck, treats your symptoms, and can give you a faster recovery. The best course of treatment can be determined after a thorough evaluation and discussion of recovery goals. In some instances, a hybrid approach may be utilized. Ahybrid approach means a combination of artificial disc and fusion devices in your neck.
An artificial disc replacement procedure can relieve the symptoms of pinched nerves as well as neck pain in the spine. The degenerative disc and bony spurs are removed to take pressure off the nerves and spinal cord. The space is measured and the appropriately- sized implant is inserted into this space. The implant stays in place being the right fit and your own bone will heal around it.
Yes. We determine the best treatment for you after a detailed exam and review of your imaging. In some situations patients are able to have multiple levels treated with disc replacements. In other scenarios they are a candidate for what is called a hybrid surgery which utilizes both a cervical disc replacement and cervical fusion.
For some conditions, patients who have been treated with artificial disc replacement have noted to have a faster recover than those that underwent spinal fusion. They can get back to a normal life as soon has they heal. Studies are currently being performed to evaluate long term benefits. Particularly, as they relate to maintaining motion and preserving the disc in the surrounding area.
Reviewed by: Dr. Christopher Good, MD, FACS.