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CERVICAL DISC REPLACEMENT

Cervical disc replacement surgery, also called spinal arthroplasty, is a type of joint replacement surgery that replaces a damaged disc in the neck (cervical spine) with an artificial disc device. Dr. Carl Giordano and Dr. Richard Nachwalter have extensive training in spinal surgery exposures including those in the highly intricate cervical region of the spine. They routinely use a minimally invasive surgical approach which helps patients recover quickly and minimizes post-operative pain.

Are you ready to live your life to the fullest? Atlantic Spine Specialists is dedicated to relieving pain and restoring function. To meet with one of our fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeons, request a consultation at Atlantic Spine Specialists in Morristown, New Jersey. Or call our office at (973) 971-3500.

Benefits of this Procedure

Cervical disc replacement relieves pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord caused by a herniated cervical disc or degenerative disc disease of the neck. The goal of this procedure is to alleviate arm and neck pain. In our New Jersey practice, total disc replacement surgery is an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Advantages of disc replacement over fusion include:

  • Preserved motion in the neck
  • Reduced pain
  • Decreased degeneration of adjacent discs
  • Limited disability
  • Earlier return to work

During your consultation, your surgeon will determine whether total disc replacement is an option for you.

About the Surgery

Dr. Giordano and Dr. Nachwalter perform disc replacement surgery only in highly ranked local hospitals accompanied by their dedicated surgical team. The procedure is performed with the patient lying face up and under general anesthesia. The surgeon begins the surgery by making a small incision in the front of the neck to one side of the windpipe to provide access to the front of the cervical spine. Soft tissues such as the trachea, esophagus, arteries, and muscles at the front of the spine are carefully moved aside (retracted) to expose the cervical spine.

Using an operating microscope, the surgeon removes the damaged disc with long, thin instruments. The surfaces of the adjacent vertebrae are cleared and shaped for the artificial disc device, which is then inserted into the intervertebral space and secured in place.

What to Expect

Most patients will go home within one day of their cervical disc replacement surgery. During your post-operative appointments, you will receive specific recovery instructions from your surgeon and have the opportunity to ask him questions. Unlike many medical practices, the surgeons at Atlantic Spine Specialists are personally involved in all aspects of patient care.

Patients typically experience significant relief from their arm and neck pain shortly after surgery depending on the length of time symptoms were experienced before surgery, the degree of nerve inflammation and the amount of nerve compression.