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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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