Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical discs are responsible for providing the padding between vertebrae in the neck. When these discs begin to wear down, the vertebrae have less cushion between them. This can lead to pain in the neck and other areas of the body. Disc disease may negatively impact your sleep, work, driving ability, as well as various other functions of daily life. Fortunately, there is a treatment option in artificial cervical disc replacement surgery that can help you return to a normal lifestyle.
What Is Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?
An artificial disc is used to replace the damaged ones in your neck in order to regain spine’s biomechanics. It has advantages over other surgeries, like spinal fusions, in that it offers a quicker surgery without screws or other hardware, a quicker recovery time, and preserves a natural range of motion in the neck.
Signs You May Need Surgery
- Sharp pain in the neck, arm, or hand
- Discomfort in certain positions, such as sitting or lying down
- Difficulty driving, working, or any other activity that requires usage of the neck
Advantages of Artificial Disc Replacement over Other Surgeries
Compared to traditional spinal fusions, patients have shown that they return to work almost three weeks faster following artificial disc replacement surgery. Patients are also able to maintain the natural motion of the cervical spine with artificial disc replacement, whereas this is not the case in a cervical fusion. Keeping the natural range of motion reduces degeneration and the need for more operations.
Artificial Disc Replacement Recovery
A physical therapy program will ensure a safe and timely return to normal activities. While age, health, and prior activity level will all factor in to your recovery length, most patients resume light activity within a couple weeks and make a fully recovery after a few months.