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Artificial Disk Replacement Surgery

Artificial Disk Replacement

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When the space between your vertebrae narrows, a portion of your vertebrae or your cervical disc might push on your spinal cord, producing discomfort, numbness, and weakness. When nonsurgical treatment fails to relieve these symptoms, artificial disk replacement surgery may be needed.

To get rid of the chronic pain and spinal discomfort, you need to get this surgery done as soon as possible. The damaged vertebral disk can risk your life if you are living with them for so long. Hence, timely disk replacement with advanced techniques by an expert neurosurgeon is crucial.

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What Is the Purpose of Artificial Disk Replacement Surgery?

Loss of space between your cervical and lumbar vertebrae is common due to disk degeneration or wear and strain. Vertebral discs begin to compress and bulge with age; most people experience this by age 60. However, doctors are baffled as to why some patients experience more symptoms of cervical disc degeneration than others. In Plano, Texas, Dr. Baker performs the best disk replacement surgery.

Usually, patients require artificial disks in the cervical and lumbar regions of the vertebrae. If you feel any of the following symptoms, you may need to undergo artificial disk surgery.

Loss of space between your cervical and lumbar vertebrae is common due to disk degeneration or wear and strain. Vertebral discs begin to compress and bulge with age; most people experience this by age 60. However, doctors are baffled as to why some patients experience more symptoms of cervical disc degeneration than others. In Plano, Texas, Dr. Baker performs the best disk replacement surgery.

Loss of space between your cervical vertebrae from cervical disk degeneration, or wear and tear, is common. Cervical disks begin to collapse and bulge with age; this happens to most people by age 60. But health care providers don’t know why some people have more symptoms from cervical disk degeneration than others.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck
  • A continuous back pain
  • Headache
  • Pain traveling down into shoulders or arms
  • Weakness of shoulders, arms, hands, or legs
  • Numbness or pinching in your arms and legs
  • Reduced reflexes at the knee and ankle

How Is a Cervical Disk Replaced?

The use of an artificial disc to replace your natural cervical disc is a novel FDA-approved procedure. A diseased cervical disc is removed and then replaced with an artificial disc during cervical disk replacement surgery. Prior to the availability of this procedure, the surgery was done by removing the affected disc. The vertebrae above and below were fused to prevent motion. Nowadays, the following steps are involved in artificial disk replacement surgery.

  • An incision of 1-2 inches is made on the throat area to remove the diseased cervical disk.
  • The artificial disk is replaced in place of the removed cervical disk.
  • Two metal plates of the disk are anchored with the upper and lower parts of the joints at the surgical spot.
  • The incision is closed with the help of absorbable stitches under the skin.

A rigid or soft collar is also put on the neck at the end of the surgery for restricted movement.

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Benefits of Cervical or Artificial Disk Replacement 

Disk replacement surgery may allow more movement and create less stress on your remaining vertebrae than traditional cervical disk surgery. Here are the most common benefits of artificial spine and lumbar disk replacement surgery.

  • Cervical disk replacement helps maintain the full range of neck motion.
  • This surgery decreases the possibility of degeneration in the cervical spine’s adjacent segments.
  • It minimizes the risks associated with bone grafts.
  • Most patients are able to resume full physical activity in three months, including jogging or some exercise.
  • This surgery has a shorter recovery time so that the patients can resume their normal daily activities after one month of the surgery.
  • Lumbar disk replacement reduces discogenic back pain and restores normal disk height.

Artificial Disk Replacement Surgery Issues or Risks

While all surgeries have some risk, disk replacement surgery is a largely risk-free treatment. Before having surgery, you must sign a consent form outlining the risks and advantages of the procedure.

Because disk replacement is a new type of spine surgery, there is limited data on potential long-term dangers and outcomes. Risks could include:

  • Anesthesia reactions
  • Spinal fluid leak
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing

Other risks may exist, depending on your unique, certain condition. Before the procedure, make sure to share any concerns you have with your surgeon.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Voice change
  • Stroke

The Best Artificial Disk Replacement Surgery in Plano and Sherman, Texas

Dr. Baker is an experienced neurosurgeon in Texas who performs cervical disk replacement surgery in the most professional manner. You can trust your spines with the most renowned professional in the field and personally visit him for consultation at Plano and Sherman, TX offices. You will be guided thoroughly. If you do not require surgery, the doctor will suggest medications, but if surgery is needed, it will be done safely.