The first couple weeks after returning home from cervical artificial disc replacement surgery are an important time in the recovery.
Artificial Disc Replacement
Artificial disc replacement surgery involves replacing a painful disc with an artificial disc. Artificial disc surgery may be performed on the lower back (lumbar spine) or the neck (cervical spine). Artificial discs are designed with the goal of mimicking the form and function of the spine's natural disc.
After a few weeks, healing from cervical artificial disc replacement surgery is usually well underway. Here is what to expect for medication use, returning to activities, physical therapy, and long-term success.
The goal in cervical disc replacement is to remove the problematic disc as well as provide a normal range of motion to prevent the risk of adjacent level disease.
Neither 2-level cervical artificial disc replacement nor 2-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion are ideal choices for every patient. Learn the pros and cons.