Cervical discs sit between cervical vertebrae of the spine, acting as a cushion or shock absorber. These discs also hold the vertebrae together and allow for flexible movement. If a cervical disc is herniated or damaged, it causes pain and limits mobility. A cervical total disc replacement involves an artificial disc placed between vertebrae to replace the damaged disc, relieve pain and restore function.
In the anterior approach for this procedure, a small incision is made at the front of the neck and the surgeon pushes aside tissues to expose the damaged part of the spine. The surgeon then removes the disc material and possible bone spurs that are pressed against the nerves and inserts the artificial disc using surgical instruments. Once the artificial disc is safely in place and the tissues are placed back, the incision is closed. After surgery, patients can usually walk the same day and return to normal activities after several weeks and with proper care of the wound.
Injured discs can be very painful but there is treatment available to help. To find out how we at Triangle Orthopaedics can help you, please feel free to contact our office to learn more.
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Neck (Cervical Spine)
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