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Cervical disc replacement surgery. What are the risks? How big is the chance of becoming paralysed?

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Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
Dr. Thomas A. McNally
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Dr. Ari Ben-Yishay
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Very low risk

Actual basic risks are same as cervical fusion, about 1% risk overall.
Risk of paralysis is extremely rare, probably 1/5000 at most.

In brief: Very low risk

Actual basic risks are same as cervical fusion, about 1% risk overall.
Risk of paralysis is extremely rare, probably 1/5000 at most.
Dr. Ari Ben-Yishay
Dr. Ari Ben-Yishay
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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Neurosurgery

Risks depend on surgical skills.
Assuming you see board certified neurosurgeon with a few years of experience and good previous record, then risks are very low.

In brief: Neurosurgery

Risks depend on surgical skills.
Assuming you see board certified neurosurgeon with a few years of experience and good previous record, then risks are very low.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Dr. Boris Aronzon
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