Spine Tech Cervical Disc Replacement Beaumont TX
Back Repair using Spine Tech Cervical Disc Replacement
The back is one of the most complicated parts of the human body, and with good reason. It is quite literally the nerve center of the entire operation. The brain may give the orders to the rest of the body, but the back is what allows us to carry out those orders. If anything were to happen to the back, we would be in serious trouble, and more than a few people find themselves in that serious trouble.
That being said, what will you do to help prevent major complications, and even correct current complications that have gotten out of hand? Spine Tech cervical disc replacement Beaumont Tx is a popular solution, though it cannot be considered a minimally invasive procedure due to the mechanics involved, but for many, it is a necessary and life changing procedure.
The process is obviously a surgical procedure, and it involves the removal of a damaged or degenerated cervical disc. Once the disc is removed, it is replaced with an artificial disc which will suffice for presumably the rest of the patient’s life.
What are Cervical Discs?
Cervical discs are often referred to as the body’s shock absorbers simply because they do just that. They absorb the shock that the body would otherwise experience with every single movement. The cervical disc is comprised of a tough but flexible exterior while the interior is a fluid that allows the disk to flex in any direction. If a disc becomes damaged to the point where it leaks or begins to degenerate, the individual will experience extreme pain and it can even begin to put pressure on the spinal cord. An individual may experience pain or numbness in the neck or in both arms as a result. While the fix is not ‘simple’, so to speak, it must be carried out in order for the individual to live a normal, healthy life for the foreseeable future.
How Does the Treatment Start?
For most individuals, surgery is not the goto option. In fact, doctors do their best to avoid surgery for good reason. The back, as you probably know, is a very sensitive area, and performing surgery on it is a difficult proposition by any standard or stretch of the imagination. If the medication and physical therapy fail to garner a good solution however, the surgical alternative may be considered by the physician. Some surgeries are much easier than others, for example, a localized herniation can be managed with a posterior discectomy. In most instances however, this will not be possible, and a more traditional surgery will be required.
The surgery consists of the surgeon removing the degrading or damaged disc and replacing it with a new one, usually artificial. Once it is removed, the gap between the vertebrae is fused and the pressure on the spinal column is typically relieved. If you undergo this type of surgery, you can expect to be immobilized using a cervical color for the next six weeks. Because this is not a minimally invasive surgery, you will be out of work for several days, and it would be wise to plan ahead by obtaining paid time off, or scheduling the surgery at a time you have vacation days saved up. This is a serious inconvenience, but the benefits are most definitely worth it.
Are you a Candidate?
The surgery we have mentioned is an intensive procedure, and you will want to make sure you are fully ready for it. All physicians agree with this logic, which is why they will try to ensure that you have undergone rigorous testing, and that testing will determine whether or not they really want you under the knife. You may want the surgery, and you may feel that you need it, but most doctors will do whatever they can to avoid performing it simply because of the risks involved.
If your physician finds that you are not a candidate for surgery, then they will spend a decent amount of time trying to come up with an alternative that works. There are other ways to ‘fix’ an individual’s back, not all of them being invasive. Even if you do undergo the surgery, there is always a chance that it will not actually make a difference or provide any type of improvement for you. While this outcome is exceedingly rare, it can happen, and you need to be mentally prepared for it.
On the more positive end of the spectrum, there are many who undergo this type of operation every single year and find themselves feeling far better, and far more capable in the end. The bottom line is that spinal issues can rather easily leave you feeling incapable and even inferior, especially as you see those around you continuing with their lives as if nothing is wrong.
When it comes down to it, life only happens once, and with that being the case, you absolutely should not let it pass you by. Instead, you should do all you can to ensure that you live pain free, and that you live your life to the fullest. Though you might not be considered a candidate for the surgery, it is your responsibility to at least give it a try, and make sure you have all of your bases covered.
Start looking into the surgical options today, and make sure that your tomorrow is pain free. Once you speak with your physician you will get a better handle on your options, and before you know it, you will be headed toward a pain free life. It is only a matter of time!