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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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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 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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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