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what are the advantages to having artificial cervical disc surgery?

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Dr. Paul Slosar
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Pain relief: Most studies to date show that patients have significant improvement in neck pain after both fusion and artificial disc surgery. The fusion limits motion while the artifical disc preserves motion. This may be better in the long run but the data is still being tracked for 5-10 years before we can reliably answer that.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Early movement: Post op you are allowed and encouraged to move your neck. There is not a fusion of the bones which changes how weight is distributed and may lead to trouble at other levels. That said.....There are plenty of risks. Talk to your surgeon.
Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
Recovery : Functional recovery and range of motion is faster and better with artificial disc, though not every circumstance is right for tdr. Proper expert recommendations necessary to dissect all of the complex decision making.

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