Cervical Disc Replacement

What is Cervical Disc Replacement?

Your cervical spine is made up of the seven bones, called cervical vertebrae, stacked on top of each other in your neck area. The natural cervical intervertebral disc is an amazing mechanical structure from an engineering perspective. It has the ability to absorb a large compressive load while still providing an impressive range of motion between the bones in the neck.

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The Cervical disc replacement process involves the insertion of an artificial cervical disc is a device inserted between two vertebrae in the neck to replace a damaged disc. The intention of the artificial disc is to preserve motion of the natural disc.


Reasons for the procedure

There are a number of important factors in considering cervical disc replacement surgery. It is important to remember that a disc replacement is a motion-preservation procedure and not a motion-creation procedure.

Loss of space between your cervical vertebrae from cervical disk degeneration, or wear and tear, is common. Cervical disks begin to collapse and bulge with age; this happens to most people by age 60. Some people have more cervical disk degeneration symptoms than others.

The symptoms 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
  • "Pins and needles" or numbness in your arms


Risks of the procedure

Disk replacement surgery is a safe procedure, but all surgeries carry some inherant risks. These will be explained before the procedure.

As with all newer technologies, one important consideration with this procedure is that long-term studies and follow-up are needed to fully understand the potential risks and benefits of cervical disc replacement. You should discuss the risks and benefits of disk replacement surgery compared with more traditional types of cervical spine surgery with your surgeon.

Some potential risks of cervical spine surgery include:

  • Reactions to the anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Spinal fluid leak
  • Voice change
  • Stroke
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Broken or loosened artificial disk
  • Need for further surgery

There may be other risks, depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your surgeon before the procedure.


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The first in Texas to perform micro-endoscopic laser spine surgery with an incision as small as 3 mm, Dr. Won advises multiple international spine technology companies and has helped design many groundbreaking tools for the minimally invasive spine surgery industry.

Dr. Won also innovated the Pain Mapping procedures, this diagnostic study helps to pin point the pain generator so that we can provide the least invasive spine procedures, LuMINI.

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