The experienced surgeons at DFW Spine Institute offer a wide range of non-surgical and surgical treatment options to help patients in the Dallas and Fort Worth area who are struggling with debilitating back pain, neck pain, or other pain symptoms. A Cervical Disc Replacement surgery, which may also be called Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement or ACDR, involves removing a diseased or damaged disc in order to provide a patient with pain relief and improved mobility.
Recovery From Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
Cervical disc replacement surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, allowing patients to return home the same day. Patients will be given specific post-operative instructions, which may include wearing a cervical collar for up to a week after surgery. Minimal pain at the surgery site may be relieved with pain medication and usually subsides within a day or two. The patient’s pre-existing neck or arm pain will typically show improvement soon after surgery, with continued recovery in the weeks and months after the procedure. Patients will be scheduled for a follow-up appointment with x-ray to confirm proper artificial disc placement. Patients are advised to refrain from any work for a week after surgery and from strenuous activity for up to six weeks.