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Artificial Disc Replacement (Cervical Disc Replacement)

Artificial Disc Replacement is a treatment option for select patients for treatment of disorders in the cervical spine (neck area).

An Artificial Disc Replacement is typically performed to treat a disc herniation that is compressing the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots within the spinal canal in an individual with no arthritic bone spurs. An artificial disc replacement allows for movement at the surgical level similar to normal spinal motion.

The surgery involves a small incision made on the front of the neck which typically is placed in native skin creases that make it hard to notice once healed. Approaching the cervical spine from the front of the neck allows you to avoid the pain associated with going through the large neck muscles in the back of the cervical spine. Hence there is typically only mild pain associated with this procedure.

Once the diseased or disrupted disc is visualized the abnormal disc is removed in order to alleviate the pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. Following the removal of the ruptured disc the artificial disc is placed between the two vertebrae to restore the normal anatomy and motion of the spine.

The surgery involves a small incision made on the front of the neck which typically is placed in native skin creases that make it hard to notice once healed.

After surgery:

Once surgery is complete the patients will spend a few hours in the surgical recovery area for monitoring.

  • Many patients go home the day of surgery however some may need to spend the night in the hospital for routine monitoring.
  • A soft neck brace may be provided in certain instances to help support the neck.

All surgical patients at Comprehensive Spine Care are provided with medications prior to the date of surgery with instructions on their post-operative usage. Wound care, medication and diet instructions for after surgery are also provided upon discharge from the hospital and are also available here.