Cervical Artificial Disc Arthroplasty

Artificial Disc Arthroplasty

What is a Cervical Artificial Disc Arthroplasty?

Replacing a damaged disc with a device designed to function like a human disc.

Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement is a procedure which replaces a diseased or damaged disc with a stainless steel device designed to maintain motion. This device has two joining components: a ball on top and a trough on the bottom. It is inserted into the disc space and attached to the vertebral bodies on both sides.

Who needs cervical artificial disc replacement?

We do not recommend this procedure for all patients with neck pain or radiculopathy.

The physician determines whether a patient needs artificial cervical disc replacement depending on the symptoms, diagnosis, and anatomy of neck.

Usually this surgery is suggested for patients who have severe stenosis with spinal cord injury, severe facet arthritis, cervical kyphosis, or primary bone pathology such as infection.

Surgery & Recovery

The patient is usually discharged from the hospital after 24 to 48 hours of operation.

This surgical procedure has minimal movement limitations. The risks of this surgery include early or late loosening of the components, anatomical or technical difficulties, and component sizing issues.

Other possible problems include tissue reaction and formation of bone that may reduce spinal motion or result in a fusion.

This material is intended to give the patient an overview of surgical procedures and treatments and is not intended to replace the advice and guidance of a physician. Always consult with your doctor about the particular risks and benefits of your treatment.

Request an Appointment.

Please call our office at 816-363-2500 to make an appointment. Don’t forget to bring your imaging studies with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will i be hospitalized?

The patient is usually discharged from the hospital after 24 to 48 hours of operation.

What are the limitations after surgery?

This surgical procedure has minimal movement limitations.

What are the risks?

The risks of this surgery include early or late loosening of the components, anatomical or technical difficulties, and component sizing issues. Other possible problems include tissue reaction and formation of bone that may reduce spinal motion or result in a fusion.