What is Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?

As you may already be aware, when it comes to back surgery, the options aren’t as simple as cutting in and fixing the spine up. Your spine is made up of many, tiny little bones that work in conjunction so that you have the most flexibility and stability in your back. When that flexibility is disrupted you can start feeling mild to severe back pain. In order to help prevent that disruption, your body has cushions between the vertebrae (bones) that make up your neck, called discs.

Disc Damage

Sometimes, these discs that are supposed to act as your safeguard end up damaged through some sort of physical trauma, or natural degeneration from getting older. That, in turn, ends up causing neck pain. Other times, a disc may end up moving out of its natural position, putting pressure on your central spinal cord or other nerves that exit from your spinal canal. When left unchecked, your body may grow bone spurs as a reaction to slipped discs. Bone spurs are basically a growth of the bone, and these also may end up putting pressure on nerves, which can be a source of pain.

Disc Replacement Surgery

So what do you do when you have a damaged or slipped disc? Spinal doctors have started practicing cervical disc replacement surgery in order to address the issue. Putting it simply: your disruptive disc is removed, and an artificial, synthetic disc is put in its place. The intent is to attempt to preserve the motion within the space that the disc is being replaced in. This allows you to regain normal neck motion that may have been too painful to do before the procedure, helping to reduce any degeneration that may have been occurring in adjacent parts of your cervical spine, and preventing complications for any bone spurs from occurring in the future.

If you are in the New Jersey area and are experiencing intense neck pain, or find it difficult to move your neck as much as you used to, there may be an issue that needs to be addressed with one of your discs, or perhaps your vertebrae. You need a spinal doctor that can accurately diagnose your condition. Doctor Marc Cohen has years of experience and is a recognized expert in spinal surgery. Contact our office today or call 973-538-4444.