Cervical disc replacement

Cervical disc replacement is an operational procedure that comprises elimination of damaged or degenerated cervical disc and substituting it with an artificial disc device. Cervical plates are the pillows or shock absorbers between the bones (vertebra) of the neck (cervical spine). Plates that become damaged either by trauma or degeneration can be a cause of pain.

When the part of the plate moves out of its normal position it can cause stress on the primary spinal cord or on the specific nerve roots that exit from the spinal canal at each vertebral level. Beyond time, the body’s response to a disordered disc is the formation of bone spurs also called osteophytes which can also induce pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots.

Why is cervical disk replacement operation needed?

Reduced space between your cervical vertebrae from cervical disk degeneration, or wear and tear, is obvious. Cervical discs start to collapse and protrude with age and this occurs to most people once they have reached 60.

Symptoms may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headache
  • Pain that progresses down into your shoulders or into the arms
  • The weakness of shoulders, arms, hands, or legs
  • Insensitivity or “pins and needles” feeling in your arms

Risk factors

Some potential risks of cervical spine surgery include:

  • Reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Spinal fluid lea
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