Cervical Disc Replacement in Kirkland and Seattle, WA
What Makes Cervical Disc Replacement a Good Choice for Me?
There are many situations that may lead an individual to seek out a cervical disc replacement. Those who have not seen success from less invasive treatments or procedures are often excellent candidates for cervical disc replacement. This procedure is especially common for individuals who suffer from degenerative disc disease.
Another popular treatment option for degenerative disc disease and other disorders of the spine is a spinal fusion. The benefit of selecting a cervical disc replacement over a spinal fusion is that it allows for an improved range of mobility, less pain, and a lowered risk for recurrent complications and procedures.
Dr. Jung will ultimately be able to determine if you are a good candidate for cervical disc replacement based on your treatment history and results from one or more diagnostic imaging tests such as an MRI, X-ray, or discography.
What to Expect During Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
Depending upon the particular case, a patient may undergo either a total disc replacement or a disc nucleus replacement. With a total disc replacement, the damaged disc(s) will be entirely removed and replaced with a metal or biopolymer substitute. The same sort of materials are utilized for a disc nucleus replacement, which only pertains to the center of the affected disc being treated.
The entire surgery will likely take between 2 and 3 hours. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision in the neck and proceed to maneuver back to the spine. Once in position, Dr. Jung will extract the impaired disc and replace it with the artificial implant.
The Recovery Process
After the procedure has been performed it is typical for patients to remain in the hospital for at least 1 or 2 days until their pain level and mobility are both manageable from home. Individuals are encouraged to introduce minor motions throughout their midsection to speed up their recovery.
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Anyone who has recently undergone a cervical disc replacement should take caution to not hyperextend their back, as this could cause severe pain and potential problems with the new disc implant. For more instructions or information regarding cervical disc replacement, please contact us today!