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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 are the advantages to having artificial cervical disc surgery?

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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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