Cervical Arthroplasty (Artificial Disc Replacement)

Cervical arthroplasty, or artificial disc replacement, is a surgical procedure aimed at treating cervical disc degeneration or cervical radiculopathy. It involves replacing a damaged or diseased cervical disc with an artificial disc implant. This procedure aims to restore motion, alleviate pain, and maintain stability in the cervical spine.

How Does Cervical Arthroplasty Work?

During cervical arthroplasty, the surgeon accesses the cervical spine through a small incision in the neck. The damaged disc is then removed, and the artificial disc implant is inserted in its place. This implant is designed to mimic the natural movement of the spine, allowing for flexion, extension, and rotation.

Benefits of Cervical Arthroplasty:

  1. Preservation of Motion: Unlike traditional fusion surgery, which immobilizes the spine, cervical arthroplasty aims to preserve motion at the treated level, potentially reducing the risk of adjacent segment degeneration.
  2. Pain Relief: By replacing the damaged disc and maintaining spinal alignment, cervical arthroplasty can alleviate neck and arm pain caused by disc degeneration or nerve compression.
  3. Faster Recovery: Patients may experience a quicker recovery and return to daily activities compared to fusion surgery, as arthroplasty maintains motion and may reduce the need for postoperative immobilization.
  4. Lower Risk of Adjacent Segment Disease: Studies suggest that cervical arthroplasty may reduce the risk of adjacent segment disease compared to fusion surgery, as it preserves motion and reduces biomechanical stress on neighboring segments.

Is Cervical Arthroplasty Right for You?

The decision to undergo cervical arthroplasty is highly individualized and should be made in consultation with a qualified spine surgeon. Factors such as the extent of disc degeneration, overall spinal health, and individual preferences will influence the treatment approach.

Cervical arthroplasty, or artificial disc replacement, offers a promising alternative to traditional fusion surgery for the treatment of cervical disc degeneration and radiculopathy. By preserving motion, alleviating pain, and reducing the risk of adjacent segment disease, arthroplasty aims to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our spine care team. We are here to guide you through every step of your treatment journey.

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