Cervical Disc Replacement

St. Mary Medical Center

Disc Replacement Procedure for Neck Pain

Dr. Stephen Cairone, Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne

September 20, 2018 - 9:52 am

Dr. Stephen Cairone
Far too many of us experience a pain in the neck caused by disc disease. Traditionally, patients would undergo fusion surgery which joins the vertebrae together. Dr. Stephen Cairone, an orthopedic surgeon at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, says the procedure does reduce the pain but also reduces the motion in the neck.

He says a more promising procedure for younger patients is replacing the cervical disc. The surgery is similar to a knee replacement where the damaged section is removed then replaced. The device is about the size of a quarter and is made of stainless steel and chrome. The replacement also eliminates the patient's pain but maintains movement in the neck.

There are other benefits to this procedure. The replacement procedure may take less time than fusion surgery, it maintains movement and shortens recovery time. With a fusion, patients must wear a neck brace for nearly six weeks, but with replacement, the collar comes off in just 14 days. An added benefit with replacement is it reduces the probability that further degenerative disc disease will occur.