Cervical Total Disc Replacement (TDR) Total cervical disc replacement refers to a surgery that involves replacing diseased cervical disc with an artificial one. This is one of the latest surgical techniques. This helps to preserve the natural motion of the neck. An incision is made in the front of the neck. Soft tissue structures of the neck are retracted to one side. The front of the spine is exposed. The diseased disc is removed and an artificial disc is inserted. This modality is specifically useful for young adults suffering from cervical disc prolapse causing arm radiation or for degenerative disc disease causing neck pain.
Herniated disc, painful disc degeneration, Radicular syndrome and other cervical spine problems.
The surgeon makes an incision in the front part of the neck.
Fluoroscopy (live X-ray) is used to determine the correct level(s) to be operated.
The contents of the neck are gently retracted to the side so that the spine can be seen.
Disc tissue is removed.
A disc replacement is placed in the disc space.
Surgery takes approximately 1-2 hours.
After the procedure
After the surgery, you will be in the recovery for some time and then will be shifted to your room.
You will be receiving medication intravenously including for pain.
If you are comfortable, you will be assisted out of bed the same day as the surgery.
A brace or collar may be prescribed for pain relief.
You may be asked to be on soft food for sometime as there may be some difficulty in swallowing for some time and its get better in a few days.
Certain exercises will be explained to you to do at home at the time of discharge or when you follow up with your spine doctor.
In any spine procedure, recovery is dependent on a lot of factors. It is hugely dependent on the age and health of the individual.
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