Dr. Bernard Toney Jr
As Cervical Disc replacements start to become a popular alternative to Anterior Cervical Disc Fusion, it is crucial to provide patients with the information they need to make an informed decision. Not only is it essential for patients, but as providers, we must be able to know the risks, patient qualification, and benefits of the procedure before offering it as an alternative. The purpose of this paper is further to expand our knowledge as providers about cervical disc replacement. As we continue to use it in practice, it is important that we are informed about the advantages and disadvantages of cervical disc replacements.
After reviewing multiple studies, composed of Randomized Clinical Trials and Meta-Analysis, cervical disc replacements demonstrated to be equal and, in some cases, superior to anterior cervical disc fusion by not only preserving mobility but by providing the same relief of pain as a fusion. While at the same time, preventing adjacent segment disease, which has been known to lead to reoperation. Although there are many benefits to a disc replacement, there are, however, some studies that demonstrate an increase in heterotopic ossification. The risk of heterotopic ossification on the range of motion is something that needs to be further studied. As for now, studies indicate that it does not affect the range of motion in cases where there is none to little present prior to a cervical disc replacement.
Keywords: Cervical Disc Replacement, Cervical Disc Replacement vs ACDF, Advantages of Cervical Disc Replacements, Heterotopic Ossification
Jimenez M. Cervical Disc Replacement: Advantages and Disadvantages. Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science. 2023; 5(1).
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