Artificial Disc Replacement
Cervical arthroplasty is a joint replacement procedure in which a spinal
disc in the cervical spine (neck) is removed and replaced with an artificial
disc. These prosthetic devices are designed to maintain motion in the
neck, including rotation, flexion, and extension, when natural cervical
discs deteriorate due to aging or damage.
At the Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, our board-certified
Orange County spine surgeons have the training and expertise to perform
the most innovative spine treatments using advanced techniques and technology.
In addition, we provide the personalized care patients need to diagnose
and understand their underlying condition, as well as the guidance to
navigate their surgeries and recoveries.
Why Cervical Arthroplasty?
When conditions or damage to the spine cause bone spurs or the soft inner
portion of cervical discs to protrude through the outer layer and into
the spinal canal, they may place pressure on nerve roots or the spinal
cord. This can create pain, numbness, weakness, and loss of mobility in
the neck that may extend into the shoulders or arms.
Common problems that may lead to neck pain include:
In some cases, non-surgical treatment such as
physical therapy and
pain management may be effective in treating symptoms. However, more serious underlying
conditions and severe pain that does not respond to conservative care
may require cervical arthroplasty. The goal of cervical arthroplasty is
to remove all or part of a damaged cervical disc (discectomy), alleviate pressure on nerve roots or spinal cord (decompression), and
restore spinal stability and alignment once the injured disc has been removed.
How Cervical Arthroplasty is Performed
Cervical arthroplasty can be performed through a small incision in the
front of the neck (anterior), which will allow a surgeon to remove a damaged
disc, disc fragments, and / or bone spurs that impinge nerve roots or
the spinal cord. After a natural disc and other fragments are removed,
an artificial disc is inserted and secured into the intervertebral space.
In order to prepare our patients for surgical procedures, we pair them
with a dedicated nurse navigator who educates them about the procedure
and what to expect, as well as how to prepare themselves and their homes
for a faster recovery. Our specialists work together to create post-operative
recovery plans that may consist of pain management and physical therapy
to optimize the healing process.
Find a Neck Doctor in Orange County
Neck doctors and nurses at the Center for Spine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute
leverage their expertise to help patients live more active and healthy
lives. If you have questions about cervical arthroplasty or wish to schedule
an appointment with a specialist to discuss your treatment options, we
invite you to use our online physician directory to find a
Find a Neck Surgeon