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.

Why Get Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?

The cervical spine is the portion of your spine that makes up the neck. There are seven vertebrae which are cushioned by cervical discs. If a cervical disc becomes damaged or diseased, which can occur due to various conditions such as a herniated disc or bone spurs, it can cause pain in the neck or arms that may be relieved with cervical disc replacement surgery.

What Is an Artificial Cervical Disc?

An artificial cervical disc is designed to replace a damaged disc in the spine, in order to restore a comfortable range of motion and relieve pain caused by the damaged disc. An artificial cervical disc is typically made from titanium or medical grade plastic.

What Happens During Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?

In a cervical disc replacement procedure, the patient will be under general anesthesia. The surgeon will create a small incision in the neck to access the cervical spine. The surgeon will remove the damaged disc, decompress the surrounding nerves to relieve pressure and prepare the space before carefully placing the customized artificial disc.

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.

Am I A Candidate for Cervical Disc Replacement?

If you suffer from a painful disc condition such as degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, or spinal stenosis, and non-surgical therapies have not been effective in relieving your symptoms, then you may be a candidate for cervical disc replacement. A consultation with an experienced spinal surgeon near you is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for cervical disc replacement.

Schedule a consultation for cervical disc replacement, or get a free MRI review to learn more about your options for relief from back and neck pain at our Dallas pain management clinic.

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