Things to Know About Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
The spinal cord and it surrounding system is one of the most important and functional areas of the body, acting as the connection bridge between our brain and nerve system – relaying messages to and from the brain to control things like:
· Movement & Mobility
· Feelings & Sensations
· Sensory Functions
And much more. As one of the most vital and thus, delicate areas of the body it is important that it stays protected by the outer bone structures, such as the vertebra and the intervertebral discs that are in between them. However, like most other areas of the body, these discs and bones are susceptible to the wear and tear of aging. When this occurs, according to Dr. Arutyunyan, considered the best spine surgeon Upper East Side Manhattan has to offer, this will lead to damage, and often when these vital areas become damaged surgery is necessary. For instance, the cervical disc replacement procedure, replaced a damaged spinal disc, using an artificial implant. Thankfully, this procedure can relieve the weakness, pain, and numbness that is associated with the damage of one of your discs. Here is some important information you should know to better understand this common procedure.
The neck area, or the cervical spine area, is a very delicate area of the body – as it houses 7 different vertebral segments, each separated by discs. These discs act as shock absorbers, and are all supported by the bones and muscles within the system. According to Dr. Arutyunyan, the best spine surgeon Upper East Side patients rely on for such procedures, the most likely areas for cervical damage is at the upper portion at level or 4 or above (C4, 5, and 6 as it is called). Damage to your cervical discs can occur as a result of a variety of conditions, including a herniated disc or bone spurs (osteophytes). Both of these conditions can place pressure on your cervical nerve roots; a cervical disc replacement can relieve this pressure and the corresponding symptoms.
The cervical disc replacement procedure begins with an incision made approximately 2 inches in front of the neck. As per the best spine surgeon Upper East Side Manhattan has to offer, Dr. Arutyunyan must then cut and/or move aside the outer layer of thin platysma muscle – which lie just beneath the skin’s surface, but block our access to the inner spinal complex. Once your vertebrae are exposed, your surgeon will cut the annulus fibrosus, or outer coating of the disc, in order to remove the soft inner core of the damaged disc (called the nucleus pulposus). Your surgeon will then restore the disc space between your vertebrae to its normal height, making room for the new artificial disc. Once this is done, we use an X-ray machine as a guidance system to implant the artificial disc into the right place. These artificial discs are designed from the best materials and design elements to act as the normal disc do. These procedures are fairly successful, as less than 5 percent of patients need an additional surgery following a 4-to 5-year check-up from their initial cervical disc replacement surgery. It is also important to note that an artificial cervical disc replacement is intended to preserve the current extent of the range of motion in your neck. And patients will be alleviated of unwanted symptoms such as pain or numbness. For more information on cervical disc replacement, be sure to contact us today DR. ARUTYUNYAN.