Spine Tech Cervical Disc Replacement
Cervical Disc Replacement Overview
Your spine is composed of seven bones, which are referred to as cervical vertebrae. They are all stacked one on top of another in your neck area. These discs are the cushions that are positioned between your cervical vertebrae. They function like a shock absorber to provide your neck with the opportunity to move about freely.
A protective tunnel is also formed in the spine that allows the upper portion of your spinal cord to go through. As the cord goes through the tunnel, it has spinal nerves coming out of it that pass through all of the openings between your cervical vertebrae. All of these nerves are what supplies your upper body with movement and sensation.
Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
Cervical disc replacement involves taking the diseased cervical disc and replacing it with one that is artificial. This procedure is often done when the space in-between your vertebrae isn’t wide enough any longer and portions of your vertebrae are pressing into the spinal cord, thus, causing you pain, weakness or numbness. If the symptoms haven’t responded well to nonsurgical treatment options, cervical disc replacement Beaumont TX might be recommended.
The FDA recently approved the procedure of removing your natural disc and replacing it with an artificial one to help treat your condition. In traditional cervical surgery, the disc that is diseased will be removed and the vertebrae both below and above the disc will end up being fused together. Thanks to Spine Tech cervical disc replacement surgery, you will have more movement and a minimal amount of stress on your vertebrae than what you would if you opted for traditional surgery.
Who Should Consider Cervical Disc Surgery?
Loss of space in-between the vertebrae is all too common from disc degeneration or general wear-and-tear. As you age, cervical discs begin bulging and collapsing. Most of the time, it happens to people by the time they are 60. Doctors aren’t sure why some people tend to have more symptoms than what others do. Common symptoms often include:
- Pain in your neck
- Stiffness in the neck
- Weakness in the arms, shoulders, legs or hands
- Pain traveling down into the arms or shoulders
- A feeling of numbness or pins and needles in your arms
Instead of going through life in pain and discomfort, you can regain your mobility and health by speaking with a medical professional about disc replacement surgery. The results are well worth the time it takes to have the surgery done.