Cervical Disc Replacement

What is it and how is it treated?

Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical disc replacement (also known as cervical disc arthroplasty) is a procedure that removes a cervical disc that has been damaged due to arthritis and replaces it with an artificial disc device. The artificial disc device mimics the anatomy and function of a healthy disc so that you can return to activities without the pain caused by arthritis. The procedure is one of the most well-known and most effective in spine surgery because it dramatically improves neck pain and quality of life.

Dr. Stephanie de Vere is fellowship-trained in complex spine. With her extensive training in this surgical technique and passion for treating neck pain, her patients can be confident in their treatment plan.

A cervical disc replacement may be recommended to treat severe osteoarthritis that does not respond to nonsurgical treatment.

Cervical Disc Replacement vs Spinal Infusion

The latest research in Cervical Disc Replacement vs Spinal Fusion shows the replacement procedure leading to faster recovery, faster return to work and better range of motion. It is also less likely to require a second surgery in the future vs spinal fusion surgery. 

Surgical technique varies by individual patient needs. With the high number of Cervical Disc Replacement surgeries performed, patients can be confident in the care and outcomes they can expect to receive.

How is a Cervical Disc Replacement/Arthroplasty Performed?

At Sano Orthopedics, a cervical disc replacement is performed as an outpatient or 1-2-night inpatient procedure based on what you and your surgeon decide is best for you.

The following steps are performed during the procedure:

  1. Incision and joint exposure. An incision is made in the front of the neck. Muscles and soft tissues are retracted.
  2. Implant preparation. The damaged disc is carefully removed. The disc space is elevated.
  3. Implants. A perfectly sized implant is placed in the elevated disc space.The incision is carefully closed to prevent infection and ensure proper healing. Physical therapy is typically started as soon as possible to expedite recovery. Recovery takes 2-3 months.


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