Cervical disc replacement surgery in Haywards Heath
Wear and tear or injury in your neck can result in a narrowing of your spinal cord. Pressure on the nerves in this area can cause uncomfortable pain. Cervical disc replacement surgery at Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital can help treat your spinal condition. Read more…
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Why choose Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital for your cervical disc replacement surgery?
At Nuffield Health Haywards Health Hospital, our spinal surgeons can provide you with rapid access to cervical disc replacement surgery, an alternative to traditional spinal decompression, which uses surgical implants to replace damaged or diseased cervical discs. Our spinal experts will provide you with a detailed diagnosis before compiling a treatment plan tailored to you and the complexity of your spinal condition.
As a spinal patient in Haywards Heath, you will have full access to our range of first-class patient facilities which include your own private room. All of our private inpatient rooms come fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom, widescreen TV and wireless internet connection to ensure that you are comfortable and entertained throughout your hospital stay.
How to book a consultation with a spinal consultant at our hospital in Haywards Heath
If you are interested in cervical disc replacement and want to go ahead with surgery, you will need to book a private consultation with one of our experienced neurosurgeons. To arrange an initial consultation please fill out a contact form, or give our dedicated hospital enquiry team a call on 01444 456999.
Please let our hospital enquiry handler know if you have had any recent X-rays or scans when booking your consultation, as there will be additional charges for any diagnostic imaging needed.
What happens during cervical disc replacement?
- Cervical disc replacement is usually performed under general anaesthetic
- The procedure can take several hours
- Your surgeon will make an incision (cut) in the side or front of your neck. They will carefully access the disc to be replaced and remove it
- A surgical implant will be inserted to replace the diseased disc
- Your incision will be closed with stitches and a small dressing will cover your wound
- You may need to wear a neck collar.
After your cervical disc replacement in Haywards Heath
- Immediately after your surgery you will be taken to the recovery area. Staff will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. If you are in any pain be sure and tell the recovery room staff
- When you are stable, a nurse will take you to your room
- Once you are back in your room, our nursing team will continue to check on you to make sure you are recovering well. After you’ve recovered from any effects of the anaesthetic, you can have something to eat and drink
- Within a few hours we will help you get out of bed and begin moving around on your own. You may need to spend 1-2 nights in hospital
- Before you leave hospital a physiotherapist will show you how to go about your daily routine without putting any stress on your neck
- There may be restrictions on bending or lifting.
Going home after cervical disc replacement
- You will not be able to drive until released to do so by your consultant. Please arrange for someone to drive you home after discharge
- Your consultant will advise you on what activities you can do. Follow any restrictions given to you by the physiotherapist
- Continue to take any pain medication as prescribed
- Wear your neck collar as instructed. Keep your surgical wound clean and dry
- You may be referred to physiotherapy to help you slowly increase your activity level
- Discuss any return to work with your consultant.
Most people make a good recovery from cervical disc replacement. As with any procedure, there can be
- Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis – DVT)
- Reaction to anaesthetic
Specific complications of cervical disc replacement may include:
- Nerve damage
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarse voice
- Continued symptoms
- Spinal injury (rare).
Many of us can spend 40 hours or more every week working at a computer, whether at the office or at home. The long term effects of sitting for so long can be detrimental to your posture (and your health in general).