What is a cervical disc replacement and fusion with titanium plates and screws?

Terms confusion. Disc replacement usually refers to an artificial disc implant. The disc is removed during fusion operation and replaced with bone or an implant and this may referred to as a disc replacement. This is a misnomer. For more information , visit www.eSpine.com.
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.
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.
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.

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

YES. One of the advantages of cervical disc replacement surgery is that it does not preclude an arthrodesis if the replacement fails or does not provide the desired relief of symptoms. When a fusion is is required it will leave you with an absence of motion at the segment(s) fused. If this is 1 or 2 motion segments the lost of motion is not noticable to the person. Read more...
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...

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...
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...
Spinal reconstructio. An anterior cervical disc replacement usually refers to an artificial disc but reconstruction has motion preserving options (artificial disc) and motion taking options. Consultation with an expert on both will answer which is best for a specific person. Read more...
Not FDA approved. Cervical disc replacement on one level and a fusion on another level during the same surgery is not FDA approved and considered experimental. For more information, visit www.eSpine.com. Read more...

Is cervical disc replacement still considered experimental or is it accepted practice?

Artificial disc. Cervical artificial discs are fda approved and several are on the market. The hope is that artificial discs will reduce the rate of adjacent level disc herniation in comparison to fused levels. Until that distinction or benefit is clear some insurance companies consider artificial disc surgery experimental. Read more...
Accepted option. There are several cervical artificial discs that are fda approved. The critical issue is proper patient selection. They are an accepted option. Check out spine-health.Com. Read more...