Cervical Arthroplasty

Cervical disc degeneration is a common ailment treated by our neurosurgeons with an arthroplasty operation. Symptoms of cervical disc degeneration include neck pain (most frequently referred to as a stiff neck) and/or numbness and tingling on the neck, arms, and shoulders. The numbness and tingling associated with cervical disc degeneration can be caused by an irritated or pinched nerve adjacent to the degenerated disc.

An arthroplasty is an operation to either restore, as closely as possible, or preserve the integrity and functional power of a disc using artificial implants or the creation of an artificial disc. An artificial disc is inserted between two cervical vertebrae after the degenerated disc has been surgically removed. When artificial implants are placed, they are permanent.

A cervical arthroplasty is performed on the upper spine (neck area) to relieve pressure and pain on the spinal cord and/or on the nerve roots. The goal of this procedure is to provide spinal stabilization, long-term pain relief at the degenerated disc, as well as take preventative measures in decreasing the possibility of an adjacent spinal disease.

The surgeons in the Department of Neurological Surgery perform hundreds of disc operations each year. We commonly perform these operations in a minimally invasive fashion using modern surgical microscopes and microsurgical techniques. Our patients are often operated upon as outpatients, while some patients may require a brief stay in the hospital. Most patients are dramatically improved by their surgical treatment and are able to resume active, productive lives.


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