Anterior Cervical Discectomy & Total Disc Arthroplasty
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Total Disc Arthroplasty is a recent advance in anterior cervical discectomy treatment that avoids nonphysiologic fusion of two bones, decreases recovery time, and allows patients to return to work and normal ADLs within 4-12 weeks typically. Total disc arthroplasties help to avoid adjacent segment disease, often seen with fusions, and maintains motion at the surgical level. Surgery begins with a small, horizontal incision on the front, left side of your neck. The surgeon exposes a small plane to expose the front of the cervical spine. The problematic disc is removed to release the pressure on the spinal cord and exiting nerves. An appropriate size mobile, total disc is then placed and the incision is closed. This is typically an outpatient procedure. We recommend that all patients sleep with their head elevated to about 45 degrees for the 1st week after surgery.