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What does it mean to have cervical artificial disc surgery?

What does it mean to have cervical artificial disc surgery?

In place of a fusion: This is done in place of a fusion to maintain the motion at that level of the spine in the hopes of preventing the adjacent disc levels from getting too much stress on them leading to degeneration with possible disc herniation and/or spinal stenosis developing at those disc levels. ...Read more

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Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more


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What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

What does it mean to have cervical spine surgery?

On the neck: The cervical spine is the neck area. Common cervical spine operations address disk problems, nerve pressure or irritation, spinal cord problems. Other problems are tumors, infections, broken bones. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

What does it mean to have an anterior cervical discectomy fusion?

Joining bones: A fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. For this, the approach is from the front removing the intervening disc & replacing it with a piece of bone or a metal v plastic like cage filled with bone that may be secured with screws or plate & screws or no instrumentation. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical laminectomy?

See below: To remove the posterior portion of the spinal canal in the neck region to reduce pressure or compression on the spinal cord itself. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have cervical spinal stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis can be central, narrowing of the canal formed by the bony arch of the vertebrae that the spinal cord hangs in. Or it can be narrowing of the openings to the sides that the spinal nerves exit between the vertebrae. This can be caused by hypertrophy or thickening of the bony parts or the ligament along the back of the vertebral bodies or the discs pushing into the spaces or a combination. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

What does it mean to have degenerative disc syndrome?

Let's see: Between each vertebral body is a cushion called an intervertebral disc. These act as so-called shock absorbers to the spine. With aging and with overuse and with trauma and for unknown reasons, these disc lose their elasticity, stamina and durability and deteriorate. This can place stresses on the spine (cervical, thoracic & lumbar) and cause a myriad of symptoms and problems. They wear out! ...Read more

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What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have advanced spinal stenosis?

Depends: They, the person completing the dictation on your imaging study might be referring to "advanced" in comparison to your age. Alternatively, it might also mean that your stenosis (narrowing of the signal canal) is severe. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

What does it mean to have percutaneous thoracic discectomy?

Cool way to operate: Minimally invasive way to remove a portion of a herniated disc in the mid back region. I found a great website with explanation and quote part below in comments. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

What does it mean to have a spinal fusion?

Joining bones: A spinal fusion is eliminating a motion segment of the spine by making bones heal together. There are many different techniques used for a variety of reasons or indications. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

What does it mean to have cervical cord compression?

It literally means : That there is something pressing on spinal cord in neck or cervical region that may or may not cause symptoms or physical findings. This compression can be due to: degenerative changes, disc herniation, tumor, fracture, infection or hematoma ( blood clot) or spinal deformity. Sometimes there may be no symptoms but there may be changes in the spinal cord on imaging that may need to be addressed. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have an artificial hip?

What does it mean to have an artificial hip?

Total hip replace: When arthritis is severe in the hip ( no cartilage between bones) and/or causes constant intense pain and lack of function, or when there is other pathology (disease) that requieres to remove the afected part of the hip then total hip replacement is indicated. Artificial hips are made of titanium and requires some sort of biological " cement" to put in . Plastic, screws, plates may be required. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

What does it mean to have a cervical fracture?

Depends on location: Fractures of the cervical spine are the result of severe trauma to the neck and treatment varies with the location of the fracture in the vertebra; the presence or absence of injury to other structures especially the spinal cord. These need a complete evaluation including cat scans; dynamic films etc before any treatment can be decided. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

What does it mean to have degenerative arthritis?

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease is characterized by degeneration of cartilage (and later, bone) that affects how a joint moves and tolerates loads and stresses. Advancing age and trauma worsen the degeneration. In weight bearing joints, obesity also accelerates the progression. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

What does it mean to have cervicothoracic scoliosis?

Curve in spine: Cervical is neck. Thoracic is chest. Lumbar is lower back. Cervicothoracic scoliosis means there is a curve in the chest and neck part of the spine. The next information needed is the angle of the curve. Scoliosis can be a minor or a major issue depending on the severity of the curve. Learning good body mechanics and stretches can keep discomfort (muscular) to a minimun. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

What does it mean to have congenital spinal stenosis?

Small spinal canal: The size of spinal canal varies person to person born with a small spinal canal I use this term when i see liitle room for nerves but no obvious single impinging structure also called short pedicle syndrome very arbitrary. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

What does it mean to have a hip replacement?

An artificial hip: The hip joint consists of a ball and socket formed of bone and cartilage. The diseased bone is removed and a new ball and socket, usually made out of metal and plastic is inserted surgically. The new hip, while mechanical, works in a manner very close to a normal hip joint. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

What does it mean to have a ruptured disk?

Varies: Usually this means that the disk material has moved out of it normal surrounding into the adjacent tissues. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have laminectomy for spinal tumor excision?

See below: To remove the posterior portion on the arch of the spinal canal to reduce pressure or compression on the cord itself. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

What does it mean to have a posterolateral fusion of the lumbar spine?

See below : A posterolateral lumbar fusion involves fusing the spine over the transverse processes and the lateral aspect if the facets. Check out spine-health.Com for videos and more information. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have cervical artificial disc surgery?

In place of a fusion: This is done in place of a fusion to maintain the motion at that level of the spine in the hopes of preventing the adjacent disc levels from getting too much stress on them leading to degeneration with possible disc herniation and/or spinal stenosis developing at those disc levels. ...Read more

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What are the advantages to having artificial cervical disc surgery?

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. ...Read more

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How is a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery performed?

Like a fusion: A cervical disc arthroplasty (disc replacement) is approached the same way a cervical fusion is done. Which is through a small incision in the front of the neck. But instead of placing bone graft in the space that the disc used to occupy for fusion, it is replaced with a mobile disc replacement. The procedure takes just as long as a fusion. ...Read more

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Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion  surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?

Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read more

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What is the difference in fusion & cervical disc surgery in the neck?

What is the difference in fusion & cervical disc surgery in the neck?

Varies: Cervical disc surgery is a more general term that describes any surgery performed in the disc in the neck. An anterior cervical fusion is just one type of cervical disc surgery in which the disc is removed and the adjacent vertebrae are fused together, ...Read more

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What is cervical disc replacement surgery?

Artificial disc: Placement of a prosthesis or artificial disc to replace a damaged symptomatic disc, simultaneously relieving a pinched nerve or spinal cord. Done through the front of the neck or low back. ...Read more

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I have 4 herniated disc in my cervical vertebrea, at 70 do I get surgery orlive in pain.?

I have 4 herniated disc in my cervical vertebrea, at 70 do I get surgery orlive in pain.?

Non-surgical Rx: Surgery or pain are not the only options. There are non-surgical treatments for herniated disc and a doctor should be able to provide pain relief while you explore non-surgical options or minimally invasive surgical option with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a slipped cervical disc for 3 levels with radiculopathy.Dr. Advise for surgery .Iam not interested .What can I do?

I have a slipped cervical disc for 3 levels with radiculopathy.Dr. Advise for surgery .Iam not interested .What can I do?

Several things : Time is the biggest healer as 90% resolve with no surgery. Lifestyle changes like weight control, not smoking & regular exercise are important. Pain management with various medication regimens and injections may help. Also, treatment can be through physical therapy. Some people like to use inversion tables for traction or try acupuncture or even chiropractic. A soft cervical collar may help. ...Read more

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Herniated a cervical disc in July. Still has not fully healed, but I am NOT in horrible pain. I do have nerve issues in arm. Should I get surgery?

Herniated a cervical disc in July. Still has not fully healed, but I am NOT in horrible pain. I do have nerve issues in arm. Should I get surgery?

Need reevaluation: Most cervical disc symptoms resolve in 6 weeks with pain meds, physical therapy and neck bracing. If still having symptoms or weakness , need evaluation by neuro or Ortho spine surgeon. MRI evaluation is a must if weakness is present ...Read more

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Cervical disc replacement surgery. How successful is it?

Approximately 88%: Several outcome studies have shown that approximately 88% of patients who undergo cervical disc replacement surgery have good results. This compared favorably to arthrodesis good results of 85%. Additionally, cervical disc replacement surgery significantly decrease adjacent disc disease. ...Read more

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What do I need to do before going in for cervical disc replacement surgery?

What do I need to do before going in for cervical disc replacement surgery?

Follow: the doctors orders. i'm sure the surgeon has prepared you for the surgery. ...Read more

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How many Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections can one have in the same disc before surgery is necessary?

Cervical pain: There is no set number. They usually done by series of 3 to see the response and then continued later again if helpful and needed. You seem young to have had a kyphoplasty. I would consider a bone density. Reserve surgery as the last choice. ...Read more

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Would I have to wear a neck brace if i had surgery for cervical degenerative disc disease? I am just trying to figure out if i want the surgery

Would I have to wear a neck brace if i had surgery for cervical degenerative disc  disease? I am just trying to figure out if i want the surgery

There : There is some variation on the usage of neck braces from doctor to doctor. Surgery at 1 disk level may not require a neck brace, surgery at 2 levels usually requires a brace and surgery at 3 or more levels requires a brace. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can chiropractors fix cervical herniated discs or can only surgery do that? What do chiropractic adjustments provide to someone with this problem?

Can chiropractors fix cervical herniated discs or can only surgery do that? What do chiropractic adjustments provide to someone with this problem?

Improve symptoms: A herniated disc can heal on its own approximately 80-90 percent of the time, and yet it is one of the more common conditions we do surgery for. The goal of non- operative care is to improve the symptoms of a disc herniation long enough that the herniation heals without surgery. Nonsurgical options include rest, medications, therapy, traction, chiropractic care, and various types of injections. ...Read more

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Cervical disc replacement surgery. What are the risks? How big is the chance of becoming paralysed?

Cervical disc replacement surgery. What are the risks? How big is the chance of becoming paralysed?

Low risk: The chances of becoming paralysed are very low. There are the typical risks as involved in any surgery, anesthesia, bleeding, scarring, and there are the risks specific to the disc replacement, such as dislodgement of the prosthesis, nerve issues, continued pain, need for revision surgery or surgery at other levels. Except for dislodgement of the disc, the risks are about the same as a fusion. ...Read more

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Do I have to go off concerta 27 prior to surgery with general anasthetic? It's cervical disc cushion and i forgot to ask. Have finals

Do I have to go off concerta 27 prior to surgery  with general anasthetic?  It's cervical disc cushion and i forgot to ask. Have finals

You should ask: Ask the surgeon and the anesthesiologist to obtain the best advice for your particular situation. Frankly, in my opinion, i think we here at healthtap should not generally make specific recommendations tegarding starting or stopping medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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What Surgery will I need for all of this located C5-C6. Severe cervical spondylosis with several disc bulges with disc herni. 7mm C5-C6 and 2-3mm at ?

Varies: Traditionally either an anterior cervical discectomy or an artificial disc replacement are the surgical treatment options. If you have a lot of arthritis in your facet joints, this would contraindicate the disc replacement. There are also nonoperative options that some patients respond to as well. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more