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How is a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery performed?
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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Greg Khounganian
Dr. Greg Khounganian
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery
In brief: See video
http://youtu.be/-zwtq3ulld8.

In brief: See video
http://youtu.be/-zwtq3ulld8.
Dr. Robert Masson
Dr. Robert Masson
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: It is the same
Approach as doing an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion by entering from the front of the neck and moving the strucures out of the way like the thyroid gland, esophagus, trachea and carotid vessels down to the spine to remove the entire problem disc and precisely placing the artificial disc into that disc space so it is perfectly sized and aligned.

In brief: It is the same
Approach as doing an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion by entering from the front of the neck and moving the strucures out of the way like the thyroid gland, esophagus, trachea and carotid vessels down to the spine to remove the entire problem disc and precisely placing the artificial disc into that disc space so it is perfectly sized and aligned.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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