Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

Definition

Replace an abnormal intervertebral disc with an artificial disc

This surgery can minimize the disadvantages of interbody fusion, decelerating the degenerative changes of neighboring joints. It entirely removes the degenerated disc and replaces it with an artificial disc which has similar elasticity, resulting in restoring the motional function and stability. Since the first introduced of artificial discs many kinds of cervical artificial discs have been developed and are in use.

  • Minimal skin incision (3-4 cm in case of cervical spine)
  • Unrestricted movement after surgery by restored mobility, flexibility, and stability of the joint
  • Perfectly restore the distorted distances between intervertebral bodies
  • Short recovery period to minimize effect on daily life
  • Minimized degenerative changes to neighboring joints

Indication

  • Continuing neck pain or compression symptoms of nerves even after conventional treatments
  • Spinal neuropathy or myelopathy due to cervical disc herniation
  • Spinal neuropathy due to stenosis of cervical intervertebral foramen
  • Neck pain due to cervical disc degeneration even after conventional treatments

Procedure

  • 1.Skin incision of 2-4 centimeter after general anesthesia
  • 2.Allow the microscope to approach the vertebral column between the trachea and carotid artery
  • 3.Decompress the spinal cord or nerves by removing herniated disc or osteophyte under microscope.
  • 4.Insert the artificial disc

Duration

Approximately 1~2hours

Hospital stay

Approximately 1 week

  • Removing stitches after 7-9 days
  • After removing stitches, a light shower is allowed three days later and bathing is allowed 4 weeks later
  • Brace for 2-4 weeks
  • No alcohol or tobacco allowed
  • Follow-up visit required after 2-4 weeks