Some people may make a complaint for having a pain in their neck, shoulder, and arm. If that soreness occurs in around their spine and neck, that may be the symptoms of neck arthritis, disc herniations, or disc degeneration. There are several conservative or non-operation treatments to do for reducing the illness from the spine, such as medications, injection, physical therapy, and so on. But for some cases those conservative treatments do not work well. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is the common treatment that generally taken by the patient. But actually there is another option, cervical artificial disc replacement. This is a special remedial treatment to solve disc herniation disease.
This treatment is using an implant device. It will be put into the intervertebral disc removed space in between two cervical vertebrae. The intervertebral disc removal process is as same as the damaged disc removal process in ACDF procedure. It is typically undergone from the front side or anterior surgery. This implant device placed to maintain the motion of the disc space. Replacing the cervical disc with artificial disc is relatively a new surgery procedure. This cervical disc replacement has been declared and approved by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in U.S for about ten years.
Depending on its advantages toward fusion surgery, the cervical artificial disc replacement has more benefits. Cervical disc replacement offers your easier way to move your neck, while the fusion need a lot of stuff installed in your spine, such as bone graft, plate, and screws. It will make you difficult in motioning your neck. The other cervical disc replacement advantages are abolishing the bone graft utilizing, and you can come again into your activity once after you have just done the surgery (without waiting for days).
As the other surgery procedure, this cervical disc replacement also has some risk that you may consider before undergoing this surgery. They are infection, blood loss, nerve wound, and need further surgery approach such as subsidence (the implant declines from its proper place) and implant failure. Not all of people are able to undertake this surgery procedure; some people are prevented to utilize this cervical artificial disc replacement procedure, for instance they who have an allergy to the substance of artificial disc implant. However, if you need to go back to your activity without waiting in prolonged period you are suggested to pick out thissurgery procedure, but of course under the recommendation from your neurosurgeon.