The human body’s natural cervical intervertebral disc is an extraordinary mechanical structure that can absorb large compressive loads while still providing an impressive range of motion between the neck’s bones. When a cervical disc is damaged, it’s not only painful, but it impacts the patient’s mobility abilities. Fortunately, cervical disc replacement surgery treats issues caused by cervical disc problems and helps patients find pain relief. The goal of the procedure is to relieve nerve compression while maintaining motion at the repaired spinal level.
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The cervical spine structure consists of seven bones (cervical vertebrae) stacked on top of one another, forming the neck area. Cervical discs are cushions that lie between the cervical vertebrae. These discs act as shock absorbers that allow the neck to move freely. The cervical spine also forms a protective tunnel for the upper part of the spinal cord to pass through. This part of the spinal cord contains spinal nerves that supply the upper body with signals of sensation and movement.
When the space between the vertebrae becomes too narrow, part of the vertebrae or cervical disc can press on the spinal cord or spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness. When these symptoms cannot be treated by non-surgical treatments, cervical disc replacement surgery is recommended.
Cervical disc replacement surgery involves the removal of the diseased cervical disc and replacing it with an artificial disc.
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The loss of space between the cervical vertebrae and the cervical disc can lead to degeneration or wear and tear. This degeneration can cause the cervical disc to collapse and bulge with age. It tends to occur more in people above the age of sixty. However, healthcare providers are still determining why some individuals experience more symptoms from cervical disc degeneration than others.
Symptoms of cervical disc degeneration may include:
If a damaged cervical disc is left untreated, it can cause debilitating pain and permanent damage and lead to more severe conditions such as spinal osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and potentially paralysis.
Before agreeing to cervical disc replacement surgery, it’s important to understand what the procedure aims to accomplish and whether that is what you need to get better. The goals of cervical disc replacement surgery include:
When a disc herniates or begins to degenerate and collapse, there is less room for the nerve roots and spinal cord to function. The loss of space can cause chronic pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness radiating from the neck into the arms. Removing the damaged disc and inserting an artificial disc helps to relieve the pressure on any compressed nerves and gives them the space to heal and function properly. Reliving the pressure from a previously compressed spinal cord can help to resolve or prevent the progression of other symptoms, such as coordination issues or bladder or bowel control.
Replacing the damaged disc with an artificial disc allows natural biomechanics to be more closely retained through the cervical spine when the neck moves. An artificial disc helps to maintain motion; however, it doesn’t create or improve motion. The cervical spine’s range of motion is unlikely to increase after the surgery.
Before the procedure starts, the patient will have an intravenous line (IV) started to receive fluids and medication to ensure the patient is relaxed and sleepy. The patients are generally placed under general anesthesia, so they are asleep during the procedure. Medication may be given through the IV to put them to sleep, and a tube may be inserted in the patient’s throat to protect their airway and supplement their breathing. The actual procedure can last a few hours. Once the procedure beings, the following occurs:
While this is a general outline of the procedure, every procedure can be slightly different as each patient and their condition is unique. It’s important to discuss it with your skilled spinal surgeon to get a better understanding of what your procedure may look like.
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