Cervical total disc replacement can be an excellent option for disc-related issues in the cervical area of the spine. For people who have consistent neck pain, which may or may not be accompanied with arm pain that has not responded to treatment methods such as physical therapy or other non-surgical treatments, surgical options such as cervical total disc replacement may be used to relieve and decrease the pain.
Traditionally, spinal fusion has been the main go-to surgery for addressing long-term neck pain or arm pain. Fortunately, as technology and surgical techniques continue to evolve, alternatives are emerging. Cervical total disc replacement surgery has become an increasingly popular option; offering greater mobility quicker recovery and a reduction in the risk for an additional spine surgery in the future. The 2021 Position Statement From the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery on Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement confirms that cervical disc replacement surgery is an effective alternative surgery that helps relieve back and neck pain while still preserving more motion than would be possible with spinal fusion.