Cervical Disc Replacement SurgeryWhat the neck has in flexibility and movement, it lacks in stability and protection. Over time, your neck can become susceptible to pain and discomfort. While you may be able to cope with these symptoms or alleviate them with exercise, medication, or lifestyle changes, it isn’t always a simple process. Sometimes surgery is required.

Cervical Disc Replacement

Did you know your neck is made up of seven cervical vertebrae stacked on top of each other? In fact, in between each of these bones are cervical discs serving as cushions. When one of these discs becomes compromised, painful symptoms usually ensue.

Cervical disc replacement helps alleviate painful symptoms associated to a loss of space between cervical vertebrae, collapsed discs, and degenerative discs. Performed by making an incision in the front of the neck, the surgeon carefully moves important structures to the side and reveals the vertebrae during the procedure. The damaged disc is then removed and replaced with an artificial disc. Once the incision is closed, the patient can begin the recovery process.

Recovery time is minimal, and patients can expect to return to full activities four to six weeks after surgery. To find out if cervical disc replacement surgery is right for you, discuss your options with a medical specialist.