This is a surgical procedure used to replace discs in your neck that have undergone damage over time. Usually, this is because of a degenerative disc disease or disc herniation, and the surgery will replace them with artificial discs. This procedure is only recommended if nonsurgical treatments have not improved the problem.
The procedure of cervical disc replacement was developed as an alternate treatment to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion; as a result, many cervical disc replacement patients in New Jersey have experienced pain relief and better range of motion not just in the neck but in the rest of the spine as well.
Benefits of Cervical Disc Replacement
The purpose of cervical disc NJ replacement is to relieve patients of the arm, shoulder, and neck pain that they are experiencing due to disc herniation or degenerative disc conditions. Prior to treatment, the damaged disc or discs will irritate the roots of spinal nerves, which are located in the spinal cord near the disc. By removing the problematic disc, the pressure on the nerve is relieved, helping to alleviate the associated pain.
One of the reasons many patients choose cervical disc replacement instead of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion is that they experience a better range of motion in the neck. This also means that the healing time will usually be faster and will also help decrease the effect on other discs in the neck.
During your consultation, our board-certified surgeon Dr. Rovner will work with you to explore all of the available options for treatment. Surgery is usually only recommended as a last resort treatment when other options have not worked.
About New Jersey Cervical Disc Replacement
First, Dr. Rovner will make a small incision in the front of the neck. He will gently move aside the windpipe, arteries, muscles, and other tissues to access the damaged disc. Finally, he will remove the damaged disc and insert and secure the artificial one before closing.
What to Expect
At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, we use only the highest quality and most up-to-date technology and procedures. As a result, most of our patients can go home on the same day or just one day after surgery, returning to their normal day to day life (with some restrictions) just a few days later. Regardless, you should feel relief from your arm and neck pain almost instantly; depending on how long you had been experiencing symptoms and the level of damage that your spinal nerves experienced as a result of the damaged disc.
Recovering from Cervical Disc Surgery in NJ
After surgery, Dr. Rovner will provide you with extensive instructions for taking care of yourself. He will be able to answer any questions you might have, as well as schedule you for post-surgery appointments for continual check-ins about your recovery. This is because Dr. Rovner is always available to be an active agent in your recovery throughout the entire process.
For more information about spinal surgery and other options for treatment, or to schedule a consultation, contact us at Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics at (201) 227-1299.