Cervical disc replacement is a surgical procedure in which the damaged cervical disc is removed and replaced with a specialized implant called an artificial disc. It is designed to restore proper spacing between the vertebrae while preserving the motion associated with a healthy disc.
A single 3-4 cm incision is made on the side of the patient’s neck. Under the microscope, the damaged disc is viewed and removed (discectomy)and the impinged nerve is relieved (decompression).
The disc space is prepared and the replacement disc is carefully placed between the vertebrae. To make sure that the replacement disc is positioned properly and the positioning is confirmed under 3D CArm. The incision is then closed.
After physical assesment you shall be medically investigated for your spinal problem. Once investigations and medical assesement is completed your surgery shall be planned. You will be advised to get admitted on the day of surgery.
You and/ or your relative is explained the procedure in detail and consent is undertaken. Pre-anaesthesia checkup (PAC) is done. Intravenous line (IV) is given to provide fluids. You are shifted to OT for procedure. You are given anaesthesia before surgery. Post procedure, you will be moved to Post Anaesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and once fully awake, you will be moved to hospital room. You shall be given a cervical collar or brace to provide support while your neck is healing.
You are monitored in the room and shall be given appropriate medication including pain relievers.
You will undergo mild therapy to help heal and strengthen your cervical spine.
Discharge process is undertaken. You will be appraised about the post discharge exercises to be done at home and will also be explained about the discharge medication and follow up. You will be discharged in stable condition.
It is done in two to three weeks after the surgery is done. In this visit, your neurological functions and incisions will be examined. To check the position of the artificial disc, x-rays will be obtained.