Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery Performed By Board-Certified Spine Surgeons in Freehold, NJ
For some patients, cervical disc replacement surgery can be a good alternative to a traditional discectomy and spinal fusion for addressing severe or debilitating neck pain, arm weakness, or numbness. At Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, we base our treatment recommendations on a thorough analysis of each patient’s condition, symptoms, health, and lifestyle. Our goal is to help each patient find the most conservative treatment option that will be effective. This means that we generally view surgery as a last resort, although it may be appropriate if a patient is experiencing a diminished quality of life.
A healthy, natural spinal disc is capable of absorbing a significant compressive load while providing an extensive range of motion. Cervical disc replacement involves the surgical removal of a damaged disc situated between two vertebrae in the neck, followed by the insertion of an artificial disc in its place. Artificial discs are highly sophisticated devices that are designed to preserve motion. In contrast, traditional discectomy and fusion procedures address disc degeneration by reducing motion.
In addition to preserving range of motion in the neck, cervical disc replacement offers several other potential advantages over a traditional surgical approach, including:
- A lower risk of surgical complications
- Earlier post-operative neck motion
- A faster recovery
It is also worth mentioning that many people do not need surgery to manage discomfort caused by cervical disc degeneration. At Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, we often find that mild-to-moderate symptoms improve with nonsurgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and hot/cold compresses. With that said, the improvement typically occurs gradually, with the full effects becoming apparent within approximately six weeks.
If you’d like to learn more about cervical disc replacement and other treatments for degenerative disc disease, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment at our office in Freehold, NJ.