Removal of a slipped disc through the front of the neck and replacement with an artificial disc. There are different models on the market. The idea is that the segment will continue to move unlike a spinal fusion.
Decompression of spinal cord and nerve roots
Prevention of degeneration of adjacent levels
Infection, bleeding, CSF leak, neurological damage including paralysis, hoarse voice which is usually transient but can be permanent, stroke, no improvement of symptoms, death in cases of high cervical cord injuries, failure of inserted disc replacement Overall, it is a standard and safe procedure, which has small but potentially very serious risks.
24-48 hours after operation in majority of cases
Always general anaesthesia