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Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement may be recommended when severe neck or arm pain is not resolved by conservative treatment, such as medication or physical therapy. Most often used to treat degenerative disc disease in patients with one or two affected discs, the procedure involves replacing the degenerated disc with a mechanical device that restores motion.

While the patient is under general anesthesia, the neurosurgeon makes an incision in the neck to access the spine from the front (anterior approach). Tiny instruments are used to remove the damaged disc before the mechanical device is placed.

Most patients stay in the hospital for one night. Your spine surgeon will give you specific information related to your particular condition and lifestyle goals, as well as a detailed description of the surgery and instructions on how to make the best recovery.

Spine Disease and Back Pain


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