Spine

Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

What is Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?

Cervical disc replacement surgery is used to alleviate neck pain caused by the wearing out of one of your spinal discs. When your disc wears out, it begins to shrink in height, causing a painful pinching on the nerves in your neck.

The disc acts as a shock absorber for the spine and allows us to twist and bend. When the disc degenerates or herniates, patients experience symptoms such as pain radiating down the arm or numbness. Often, patients alter their lifestyle to manage the pain of this degenerative condition. Candidates for cervical disc replacement are typically suffering from degenerative disc disease.

During cervical disc replacement surgery, your spine doctor will take an anterior approach from the front of your neck to your cervical spine to remove your affected spinal disc. In addition to removing the affected disc, your spine surgeon will also remove any surrounding impinging disc fragments or bone spurs. The disc space is then returned to its normal height to help relieve pressure on your nerves so your back doctor can insert an artificial disc device into the disc space. 

For some patients, artificial disc replacement can be an effective alternative to the conventional treatment of spinal fusion. Fusion and artificial disc replacement are both designed to relieve pain, but some studies show that disc replacement can better restore the flexibility of the neck.

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

The spine, neck and back doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists have the training, expertise, and experience to assess, diagnose, and treat your injury or condition individually to your needs.

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To learn more about cervical disc replacement surgery, please request an appointment online, or call 509-444-6325.

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