Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical Disc Replacement surgery is a minimally invasive spinal surgery that is used to treat degenerated and damaged discs in the spine. In this procedure, the damaged disc is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. Replacing the degenerated disc with an artificial disc preserves the natural structure and height of the spine and also restores fluid movement and flexibility. The goal of this surgery is to preserve motion and ensure patients can return to activities.

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Who is a good candidate for Cervical Disc Replacement?

Currently, cervical disc replacement is performed in select patients with cervical stenosis or cervical disc herniation whose pain, weakness or disability fails to respond to conservative treatment. Not everyone is a candidate for disc replacement surgery. A consultation with a surgeon who is trained in both spine fusion techniques and disc replacement technology is the best way to determine the most appropriate surgical option for each patient.

When is surgery recommended for Cervical Disc Replacement?

Surgery may be recommended if you have worsening pain or weakness in your neck, shoulders, arms or hands resulting from a herniated or diseased disc that limits your everyday activities, and conservative measures have failed. If you are having worsening neurologic issues such as worsening balance and fine motor movements in your hands, you should consider surgery. The type of surgery recommended depends on many factors including your overall health, the location and severity of your cervical disc disease, and your pain and disability.

What is the recovery time for Cervical Disc Replacement?

Because cervical disc replacement avoids spinal fusion, it typically results in a faster recovery. However, as with all surgical procedures, specific recovery time varies by patient and demand. Pain is often dramatically improved immediately following surgery, while other symptoms such as numbness and weakness typically improve over time. Most patients are able to go home the next day. A post-operative neck collar is not usually needed. The majority of patients return to light work within a week or two and are back to full activities and sports within days to weeks.

Cervical Disc Replacement in Saint Louis, Missouri

At Disc Replacement Center of Saint Louis, we offer a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for degenerative disc disease, including cervical disc replacement. If you would like to learn more about cervical disc replacement or would like to schedule an evaluation to find out if you are a candidate, please contact our office at (314) 932-6486.

Types of Cervical Discs

prodisc C Cervical Disc by Centinel Spine

Granted premarket approval in 2007, the prodisc C is the ‘workhorse’ of artificial discs, designed to maintain the physiologic range of motion in the spine at one level from C3 to C7. Composed of three components – two cobalt chrome alloy endplates and an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene inlay – it’s the first to be FDA-approved for cervical use. As one of the most widely-used discs, the prodisc C is available in six different sizes and can be easily configured based on patient anatomy.

Simplify Cervical Disc by NuVasive

Featuring a variable center of rotation, the Simplify Disc is available in three disc heights, including the lowest available 4mm height. FDA approved for use in September 2020, following a superiority success rate of 93% when compared to spinal fusion. With its three-piece design available in 12 size combinations to fit a broad range of patient anatomies, the Simplify Disc is considered game-changing.

Prestige LP Cervical Disc by Medtronic

This low profile two-level disc, largely used with the military, is designed to preserve motion at the operated disc level, with the intention of relieving symptoms of a nerve root or spinal cord compression caused by a damaged disc. It consists of two pieces of metal inserted into the affected disc space of the neck after removing a diseased disc, to act like a pivoting joint, and is screwed in to reduce healing time.

Loren Vandergriff

Patient Stories: Loren Vandergriff

“This surgery changed my life significantly … I would say I’m a huge advocate for a disc replacement because my outcome has been so positive in so many ways.”

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Joe LaMotta

Patient Stories: Joe LaMotta

Joe regained his life after debilitating neck, shoulder, and arm pain nearly destroyed it—but his story wasn’t unique. Learn how he rediscovered his active lifestyle after surgery with the prodisc Total Disc Replacement.

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Patient Stories: Rory Sabatini

“I probably feel better today than when I was 30 years old! Since having prodisc implanted, I have no issues with my neck and have full range of motion.”

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Patient Stories: Brian Gay

“People are amazed at my recovery and how quickly I was able to get back to my personal and professional activities. As a professional golfer, I had confidence in the prodisc system based on its inherent stability and long-term history of success. Stability was especially important considering my extensive physical activities.”

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Patient Stories: Robert Masson

“I’ve been an advocate of prodisc from the very beginning. Being a patient myself, I understand what the journey is like. This procedure allows my patients to return to their lives.”

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