cervical disc replacement

Our vertebral discs, like the rest of our spine, naturally age as we get older. Sometimes these worn or herniated discs can cause you a great deal of pain.

An artificial disc is a device that is inserted between a spine patient’s vertebrae to replace any painful or damaged discs. A cervical disc replacement treatment might be recommended for anyone experiencing neck pain or other conditions, if more conservative therapies are not successful.

Cervical disc replacement is one of the most successful treatments for spinal pain caused by herniated discs, bone spurs or failed surgery.


Is Cervical Disc Replacement right for me?

When pain medications, physical therapy, or more conservative treatments have failed to provide you with relief for your neck pain, you might talk with your doctor or make an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Alexander for a consultation for additional treatment.

To determine if you are a good candidate for cervical disc replacement, your specialist may require a few tests, including:
• X-Rays
• MRI Scans
• Discography
• CT Scans

A cervical disc replacement is not recommended for everyone who experiences cervical pain. You might be a candidate if you have the following:

• Pain caused by one or more deteriorating cervical discs
• No significant facet joint disease or compression on the spine
• Body size that is not overweight
• No prior surgery on the spine
• No scoliosis (spine deformity)

Am I a candidate for Cervical Disc Replacement?

Most of our patients at Alexander Bone & Spine Institute can expect the relief of pain in the weeks and months following this surgery.

Studies show that artificial cervical disc replacement can improve your condition, but does not necessarily completely eliminate pain. Before your surgery, it is important to discuss your condition with your doctor.

If you’d like to find out more about a cervical disc replacement or have questions about your condition and possible treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Alexander today!


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