Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
Some cervical disc problems cause neck pain, arm pain or weakness. Cervical disks provide the cushioning between the seven bones that make up the cervical vertebrae. These discs behave like shock absorbers when the neck moves. The cervical spine contains a tunnel to protect the spinal cord as it passes through.
The spinal nerves and the spinal cord allow you to feel and move your upper body. When the space between the vertebrae narrows, it can press on the spinal cord or nerves. This causes pain, weakness, or numbness. If the minimally invasive spine procedures or treatment can’t resolve the pain, then the surgeon may recommend cervical artificial disc replacement surgery also called cervical disc arthroplasty.
How cervical artificial disc replacement surgery works
The goal of the ADR is to relieve nerve compression. Replacing a damaged disc with an artificial disc can relieve pressure on the compressed nerves. It allows the nerves to heal and function properly. An artificial disc can maintain the cervical spine’s range of motion.
Our team will explore minimally invasive spine options, physical therapy, and less invasive options before considering cervical artificial disc replacement surgery.
What is the recovery time for cervical artificial disc replacement surgery (ADR)?
Typically, patients can return to everyday activities of driving and light work within 2-4 weeks after the surgery depending on your recovery needs. It can take about 6 to 12 weeks to make a complete recovery. At this point, patients may resume vigorous activities and heavier lifting. Pain often improves quickly after the surgery, but, in some cases, the nerves may take 6 weeks or longer to heal.