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Doctor insights on: Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

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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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Disc Replacement (Definition)

In essence the adjoining surfaces of a vertebra are cut off to expose good healthy bleeding bone. A metallic implant flat on the bone side and concave and rimmed on the disc side are imlpanted with a metal ball bearing trapped my the concavity and rim complete the implants. As one moves the ball bearing is allowed to move within the precisely machined nd matched plates, ...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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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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How long do I need to wear the neck brace after a cervical disc replacement surgery?

Typically: You were the brace mostly for comfort but instructions vary based on surgery and surgeon. If in doubt call your surgeons office and verify your discharge instructions. ...Read more

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Cervical disc replacement surgery. C4-c5, c5-c6 to be replaced with 2 mobile device. How is device secured? Is it by screws? Will it come off easily?

Cervical disc replacement surgery. C4-c5, c5-c6 to be replaced with 2 mobile device. How is device secured? Is it by screws? Will it come off easily?

Probably not best: Option. Make sure your surgeon is well trained. In select patients a total disc replacement (tdr) is a good option, however you must meet specific criteria for it to be a good option in you. And this is for one-level tdr. 2-level tdr posses a few other issues, and something that you must be advised by your surgeon. There are a few better surgeries for a 2 level problem than tdr. Ask 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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What is a cervical disc replacement and fusion with titanium plates and screws?

Traditional standard: A procedure designed to remove a damaged disc, from the front of the neck, and then reconstruct it in a way to preserve architecture of the spine, while eliminating motion at that joint. It is the traditional gold standard for herniated disc treatment, but modern expert use of disc replacement is proving a great alternative, allowing for continued motion and faster recovery. ...Read more

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Has anybody had a cervical disc replacement and fusion with plates and screws? Would he be permanently stiff?

Has anybody had a cervical disc replacement and fusion with plates and screws?  Would he be permanently stiff?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...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