Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery
July 13, 2016•15 min
A Tidelands Health spine surgeon has performed the region’s first cervical disc replacement. The innovative procedure is designed to relieve nerve pain caused by herniated cervical discs and cervical arthritis that affects a significant number of patients.The procedure, which takes about an hour, involves removing a patient’s cervical disc, at one or two levels, and replacing it with a titanium disc about the size and shape of a dime. The titanium disc is expected to last a lifetime.Listen in as Dr. Ellison explains how this surgery is less invasive than traditional fusion surgery and may allow patients to resume their normal routines more quickly. The surgery, which can be performed on an outpatient basis, has been shown to reduce the rate of subsequent cervical spine surgeries by decreasing degenerative changes in the discs above and below the disc replacement.