Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
What is a Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement?
A Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) is an innovative procedure used to treat damaged discs in the cervical spine that are causing neck pain as well as pain and numbness in the extremities. Similar to a hip or knee replacement procedure, the goal of a Cervical ADR is to use an implant that mimics the function of a healthy spinal disc and also allows for range of motion in the neck. Unlike a traditional spinal fusion, no plates or screws are attached to the spine and thus motion of the cervical spine is preserved.
Cervical ADR may be recommended when more conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief for conditions such as a Herniated Disc and Cervical Radiculopathy. At OSS Health, our Board Certified Spine Surgeons are experts in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement and have helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle after this procedure.
How is a Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Performed at OSS Health?
At OSS Health, a Cervical ADR is often performed as an outpatient procedure so that you can return home the same day as your procedure.
During a Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement procedure:
- Incision. A small incision is made along natural skin folds on the front of the neck.
- Disc removal. The damaged disc and pieces of arthritic bone compressing the spinal nerves are removed.
- Implant insertion. Disc height is restored and the artificial disc is placed between adjacent vertebrae.
Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.