If you’re scheduled for cervical disc replacement surgery , you are probably wondering what to expect from the procedure. This spinal surgery is performed for patients with neck, shoulder, and arm pain that hasn’t responded to non-surgical treatment. After recovering from your procedure, you should experience a significant reduction in discomfort and an increase in mobility. If you’re having cervical disc replacement surgery, here is what you can expect.
Before your procedure, your spine doctor will determine if you’re a good candidate for surgery . In most cases, your doctor will want you to exhaust all non-surgical options for treating your pain before considering surgery. You won’t be a good candidate for this surgery if you need more than one cervical disc replaced or if the disc is adjacent to the location of a previous cervical fusion. Your spine surgeon will want to ensure that you are in good overall health and that you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with your recovery.
Cervical disc replacement is performed under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. The surgery is performed through a small incision in the front of the neck. Via the incision, the damaged disc is removed and the artificial disc is inserted using live X-ray imaging to ensure the right placement. The wound is closed and a drain may be placed to remove excess fluid.
Most patients go home the same day of their spinal surgery or the following day. If you had a drain placed, it will be removed the next day. Pain can be controlled with medications and usually improves within a few days after surgery. You may need to wear a neck collar for up to a week to keep your neck immobilized. Most patients can return to light activity within one to two weeks after the procedure and their normal activities six weeks later.
Your spine surgeon at the Spine Institute of Nevada is always available to answer any questions you may have about a procedure. To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at (702) 479-7417.
The flexible intervertebral discs offer considerable protection for the rigid vertebrae on either side of them. With every movement of the spinal column, these discs cushion the vertebrae and absorb the pressure placed on them. So should these discs begin to break down, it can lead to significant and persistent back pain. If you suffer from disc-related back pain in the lumbar region, and your spine specialist determines you to be a viable surgical candidate, lumbar disc replacement could provide the pain relief you seek.
You are of normal weight.
Excessive weight can lead to a wide number of health problems. The added pressure that obesity places on the lower back can either aggravate already deteriorated intervertebral discs or hasten damage to otherwise healthy discs . To ensure the best possible result from lumbar disc replacement, spine surgeons recommend that patients be a healthy weight.
Conservative treatment has failed to relieve your back pain.
Spine surgery is typically considered only when alternate treatment services cannot adequately reduce or eliminate back pain. So before undergoing this type of procedure, a spine specialist may recommend a variety of more conservative care options. Exercise, physical therapy, oral medications, and spinal injections can all help to alleviate back pain. Only when they can no longer provide pain relief might a spine expert advise lumbar disc replacement.
You have not undergone surgical lumbar spine treatment.
Lumbar fusion surgery is one surgical method that spine specialists use to relieve ongoing back pain. This procedure removes the damaged disc and fuses together the vertebrae on each side of it to prevent movement between them. Though this type of treatment can ease lower back discomfort, it may prevent those still suffering back pain from receiving lumbar disc replacement . If you have already undergone a major surgical procedure on your lower back, talk to your doctor about the remaining surgery options available to you.
The Spine Institute of Nevada offers lumbar disc replacement for eligible patients in the greater Las Vegas region. To learn more about this procedure, call (702) 990-9089. You can also visit our website for additional details on our complete neck pain and back pain relief services.
The spinal discs are soft yet resilient pads that serve as shock absorbers to help keep the spine flexible and strong. There are discs between each set of spinal vertebrae, which ideally stay in line with the rest of the spine. After certain injuries or as a result of age-related degeneration, however, spinal discs may lose their volume and protrude outward, leading to a wide range of problems for patients. Friction can occur as spinal vertebrae make contact, or the protruding disc may irritate a nearby nerve and lead to numbness of the extremities in addition to back pain.
Surgical disc replacement is a procedure that is intended to address a single herniated or collapsed disc in younger patients who are able to recover somewhat quickly. During the procedure, the damaged disc will be removed through minimally invasive surgical techniques. An artificial disk will be implanted in its place to preserve the flexibility and natural movement of the spine.
Surgical disc replacement is just one of many minimally invasive surgical procedures provided at the Spine Institute of Nevada under the care of surgeon, Dr. Archie C. Perry. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry and meet our entire spine care team, contact us at (702) 990-9089 or visit our website today.
- Back Pain
- Spinal Compression Fractures
- Disc Replacement
- Thoracic Spine
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Cervical Spine
- Lumbar Laminectomy
- Thoracic Lateral Fusion
- Spinal Tumors
- Vertebroplasty Procedure
- Spinal Deformities
- Herniated Disc
- Bone Grafts
- Kyphoplasty Procedures
- Compression Fractures
- Spinal Stenosis
- Pinched Nerves