- 14 October 2018
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Here’s What You Need To Know About Cervical Arthroplasty
Change is inevitable in your life, so are the sleeping positions. Now, some of these sleep positions might seem rather comfortable, to begin with, but they lead on to something that can cause trouble later on. However, it isn’t just sleeping positions that cause strain to the neck – bad posture, screen time and even injuries contribute. Each time you develop a neck pain you end up spraying some pain relieving sprays. But, what if the neck pain does not subside with tablets and sprays?
Neck pain is very common as back pain and it can be a symptom of an underlying condition in many cases. The neck is a part of the spine so it is also called a cervical spine. That is why it is important to consider neck pain as it is not restricted to the neck but also to the spine. Neck pain can vary in degrees, in the case of chronic neck pain what can you do to treat it? There comes this treatment that you might not be aware of called as cervical disc arthroplasty.
A lot of questions would have started popping up in your head like what would be the procedure? How long will it take? Is this a kind of replacement? Will this procedure help in getting rid of neck pain forever? And so on. Here are the answers to all your questions.
What Is Cervical Disc Arthroplasty?
Cervical disc arthroplasty is also known as cervical artificial disc replacement surgery. It is a joint replacement procedure in which an artificial cervical disc is inserted between the vertebrae to replace a natural spinal disc. The prosthetic device that replaces the original spinal disc is designed to maintain motion. This prosthetic device acts like a joint, that allows a wide range of flexibility, extension, side bending, and rotation.
Why Do You Want This Procedure?
The Cervical spine or the neck is very important for mobility. They act like cushions for the individual bones of the spine, or vertebrae. Each disc contains two parts:
- The nucleus pulposus which is soft, a gel-like center of the disc.
- The annulus fibrosis which is a strong, fibrous outer ring that supports the nucleus pulposus.
If you want to regain the activity of your neck this surgery is what you are looking for. This procedure is best if you are
- Diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, myelopathy, or both with disc herniation or bone spurs.
- The symptoms did not improve after conservative treatment
- Treatment is required only at one cervical level.
- You are 18 years of age with skeletal maturity.
How Is Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery Performed?
A small incision is made near the front of your neck after that the following procedures are performed by the surgeon Anesthesia is given initially and gently the soft tissues and trachea, are pulled aside to get access to the cervical spine. Then the area where the disc fragment is pressing against the neural structures is exposed. The disc and the bone material are removed to create space after which the artificial disc is inserted into the intervertebral space using a specialized instrument. The removed soft tissues are put back in place and the incision is closed finally.
The length of stay at the hospital and your recovery time will depend on your health conditions. In most of the cases, you will be on your toes by the end of the first day of surgery. Knowing what will happen during the procedure can help you face your surgery with confidence. If your neck pain does not relieve with conservative medications then you can opt for cervical disc arthroplasty under the guidance of Specialized Surgeons at Sunshine Hospitals. We give you additional details about the procedure specific to your conditions.
Also Read : Overview Of Cervical Spine Surgery
About the doctor:
Dr. Naveen is an expert in treating patients with brain tumor. He is one of the Best Neurosurgeons in Hyderabad and is sought after for some of the most delicate and complicated brain and Spine Surgeries.
ABOUT SUNSHINE HOSPITALS:
A Multi Super Speciality Institution, 500 bedded Sunshine Hospitals (Paradise Circle, Secunderabad) is promoted by globally reputed Joint Replacement Surgeon Dr. AV Gurava Reddy (Orthopedic Doctor) and like-minded associates who share the objective of making world-standard healthcare available, affordable and accessible to the common man. Sunshine has now become one of the best hospitals for many treatments including Orthopedic, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Trauma, and Neurology.