How long does it take to heal from cervical disc replacement?
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Recovery Time Most people are able to return to everyday activities, such as light work and driving, within a week of having surgery. A full recovery typically takes 6 to 12 weeks, when heavier lifting and more vigorous activities may be resumed.
Who is a good candidate for cervical disc replacement?
Adults between the ages of 18 and 60 with symptomatic cervical disc disease who have failed to experience improvement after six months of non-operative care (physical therapy, pain medications, and possibly injections).
How painful is cervical disk replacement?
There is usually some pain and discomfort in the days and weeks following cervical artificial disc replacement (ADR) surgery. Most commonly, the recovering patient has some pain and soreness at the incision site at the front of the neck. Other symptoms may also be present, such as trouble with swallowing or speaking.
What can you not do after cervical disc replacement?
Activity Restrictions After Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
- Excessive neck movements.
- Heavy lifting.
- Baths or other water submersion.
- Running or other vigorous activities.
Why am I not a candidate for disc replacement?
Patients who have other spinal abnormalities such as spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and scoliosis are usually not candidates for this surgery. Patients with osteoporosis may not have strong enough bone to support a disc replacement.
How long do cervical artificial discs last?
For most patients, an artificial disc replacement will last an average of 70 years without the need for a revision artificial disc replacement.
Is cervical disc replacement better than fusion?
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Has Superior Results to Cervical Spine Fusion Surgery. Patients who received a two-level cervical artificial disc had a clinically superior success rate of 60.8% versus 34.6% patients who underwent a cervical spine fusion or anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF).