What is Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery?

Your spine forms a protective tunnel for your spinal cord to pass through. That protection is critical because this part of your spinal cord contains the spinal nerves that supply your upper body with sensation and movement. The discs play an important role in cushioning the areas that lie between each cervical vertebrae, acting as shock absorbers to allow your neck to move.
The older we get, the more wear and tear our body sustains. Your back and spine are especial susceptible as they are more prone to repetitive motions. Depending on factors that include heredity and lifestyle, the discs begin to collapse and bulge with age around age 60.

When Disc Replacement Surgery Is Needed?

As the deterioration occurs within your vertebrae and it becomes too narrow, part of your vertebrae or your discs can press on your spinal cord or spinal nerves, causing you pain, numbness, or weakness. When these symptoms do not respond to conservative treatment, disc surgery may be necessary for relief.

What Happens During Disc Replacement Surgery?

Replacement surgery is just what it sounds like: the diseased disc is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. Disc replacement surgery may have the advantage of allowing more movement and creating less stress on your remaining vertebrae than traditional disc surgery.

Symptoms of Disc Degeneration may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headache
  • Pain that travels down into your shoulders or into your arms
  • Weakness of your shoulders, arms, hands, or legs
  • Numbness or “needles” feeling in your arms

What To Expect With Disc Replacement Surgery?

After disc replacement surgery, some patients go home the same day whereas others spend a night in the hospital. Disc replacement surgery is a relatively safe and common procedure. As always, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.After disc replacement surgery, some patients go home the same day whereas others spend a night in the hospital. Disc replacement surgery is a relatively safe and common procedure. As always, discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

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