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What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

What is a cervical disc replacement with fusion?

Fusion: Replacement these days often refers to an artificial disk. As you are using the term, the disk is removed and replaced with a spacer (bone, metal, plastic, bone substitute). The plate and screws provide additional stability. The bones connected by the spacer and plate grow together (ideally) to form a single bone. ...Read more

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Fusion (Definition)

A fusion gets rid of a joint or disk between to bones, getting the bones to join together with bone between them. If successful, it eliminates almost all the motion between the bones. Sometimes fusion simply occur as a result of disease, rarely from aging. Most of the time ...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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Acdf vs disc replacement: which one is better? What is the criteria for a cervical disc replacement. I already have a fusion at c5-7. C4-5 herniated

They are equal good: They are equivalent the decompression that precedes skeletal reconstruction is the effective part of the procedure for arm pain niether treat neck pain well what is you target symptom? Replacement advantages are theoretical in my opinion and comercially exagerated. In my opinion. ...Read more

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I have been having tingling around my mouth. Lips and chin. Can you shed some light on what it may be. I have had a cervical disc fusion c3-t2?

I have been having tingling around my mouth.  Lips  and chin.  Can you shed some light on what it may be. I have had a cervical disc fusion c3-t2?

See a neurologist: This is not directly related to your spine surgery but may be related to the underlying reason why you needed the surgery in the first place or it may be totally unrelated but needs to be evaluated in either case. You need a through evaluation from neurologic and cardiovascular standpoints. ...Read more

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Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Do cervical disc herniations heal and does the foramen clear itself of the herniated disc material, if so over what time frame?

Rarely: Discs do reabsorb or retract over time but this is over a prolonged period. If the nerve is injured and there is radiculopathy you will likely lose function over time. It is best to be evaluated and followed closely ...Read more

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Symptoms of a herniated cervical disc?

Symptoms of a herniated cervical disc?

Symptoms: Typically pain in neck or radiating down arm, numbness in arm, potentially weakness in arm/hand. Treatment options include: medication, therapy, steroid injections, surgery. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a herniated cervical disc?

How dangerous is a herniated cervical disc?

Depends: By definition, if you have spinal stenosis in the neck due to the disc herniation and is causing problems, see a spine specialist to discuss your options. Epidural steroid injections may relieve the pain, but the disc will take time to heal. If its getting worse or your are noticing weakness see a surgeon to discuss your options. ...Read more

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How fast have you seen someone with a broken cervical disc heal?

Disc herniation: Natural history, or the normal healing process, varies between people. However, symptoms can begin and disappear in days. Generally, i give my patients 6 weeks to 3 months for healing. Thereafter, it is likely to be prolonged without surgical treatment. The benefit of surgery is faster return to work/activities, but ultimate result years down the road is equivalent with/without surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best non invasive?Option ?For cervical disc ruptures?

What is the best non invasive?Option ?For cervical disc ruptures?

No treatment: Time is the best healer as most resolve over time but other additional options include; activity modification, smoking cessation, medication like tylenol (acetaminophen) or anti inflammatories if no cobtraindications, cervical traction, a cervical collar usually worn backward, and local treatment like massage or heat. ...Read more

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Can a cervical disc extrusion be made worse?

Absolutely: The initial injury can progress or improve. If symptoms progress, treatment and diagnosis are important to trouble shooting and preserving functionality. ...Read more

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Can you snowboard?If you have ?A cervical disc herniation?

Not if it hurts: If you have recovered and have no symptoms, then yes. If you are currently symptomatic, not advised. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a ruptured cervical disc goes untreated?

Mostly stable: Most of the time, over 90%, the acute phase of the disc problem resolves and a person can live normally. If there are severe neurological symptoms or disability evaluation and treatment may be more urgently wanted and needed. ...Read more

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Are pushups bad for herinated cervical disc?

Depends: I underwent cervical arthroplasty in may, and i was able to do push-ups until the very end. If the technique is solid, posture neutral and 'planked' the stress on the injured disc is minimal. I used exercise to maintain my physical stature and measure my response to conservative therapy. An inactive lifestyle wasn't an option and exercise was my measure on choosing surgery. ...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 long does the acute phase of a cervical disc herniation usually last?

2-3 wks, then things: change somewhat. Initially the nerve root takes a hard fast hit,& is not happy. Pain, numbness. Muscle weakness is urgent. As the swelling from the herniation decreases symptoms are less. If the herniation is large you may never get out of the acute phase due to the large space it take up in a small space.Rx with NSAIDS help. B sure you are seeing a fellowship trained spine surgeon. ...Read more

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How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

How are cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment different?

Encroachment: Any condition limiting space for the nerves causes encroachment. A herniated disc would cause encroachment. A bone spur would also cause. Encroachment does not imply pressure, or severity, or the presence of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a?Difference between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?

No: A cervical disc can encroach on the spinal canal occupying space that potentially can compromise the spinal cord or cervical nerve root or roots. So it means the same if I am understanding your question correctly. ...Read more

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What are the differences between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?

Semantics: A ruptured disc is indicative of a tear in the annulus fibrosis which contains a gelatinous substance, and the rupture sticks out beyond a few mm. If the disc rupture is large enough, it could contact nerve roots or even the spinal cord, and as it gets closer, it is termed encroachment. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the difference between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?

Please help! what is the difference between cervical disc herniation and cervical disc encroachment?

Disc herniation: Is the process of the disc expanding outside of normal range. When they say encroachment, they are talking about the herniation itself moving toward, or encroaching, on either nerve roots or the spinal canal. ...Read more

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