Cervical Disc Arthroplasty (Artificial Cervical Disc)


Artificial Disc Replacement

Cervical disc arthroplasty is a surgical procedure performed by a neurosurgeon to remove a damaged disc and replace it with an artificial disc. The artificial disc acts as a joint allowing the normal function of the neck: rotation, flexion, extension and bending to be restored.

Disc replacement surgery is reserved for patients who have tried other non-surgical options that have not worked successfully. It is recommended for patients with degenerative cervical disc disease or unresolved pain from a cervical disc herniation. The cervical disc arthroplasty is offered to candidates as an alternative to a spinal fusion.

Cervical Disc Arthroplasty Procedure

This surgical procedure is performed anteriorly (or through the front of the neck). The neurosurgeon will make an incision in the front of your neck, move aside the soft structures in the neck including the airway, and remove the damaged disc. After the damaged disc is removed, the new artificial disc will be placed in the space left and will be stabilized with plates and screws.

Post Surgery

At Harron Neurosurgery, we take time with patients to make sure they understand their postoperative recovery plan. It is critical to follow Dr. Harron’s instructions precisely to optimize your recovery. Dr. Harron and his team will review postoperative rehabilitation plans and ensure you are on the best possible path to a full recovery.

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