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Tees Hospital

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 360 100
Enquiries 01642 360 100
Physiotherapy 03450454845
Appointments 01642 367404
Treatment options & prices 01642 367 439
Main switchboard 01642 360100

Why choose Nuffield Health Tees Hospital for your cervical disc replacement?

At Nuffield Health Tees Hospital, our spinal surgeons can provide you with rapid access to cervical disc replacement surgery, an alternative to traditional spinal decompression, 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 which is personalised to you and the severity of your spinal condition.

As a spinal patient at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital, you will receive the individual care and attention you deserve. Our state-of-the-art hospital boasts exemplary hospital facilities, enabling some of the most renowned spinal surgeons in Teeside to carry out a range of complex spinal procedures and scans.

We pride ourselves on our excellent service and consistently high levels of primary care, which are maintained by our matron-led nursing team. Our patient surveys show high levels of satisfaction in the care and attention received.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Tees Hospital

If you are suffering from neck pain and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our orthopaedic consultants in Tees, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 01642 924882.

If you want to find out more information about cervical disc replacement surgery, you are more than welcome to attend one of our free spinal care open events at our hospital. Here you will get the opportunity to meet a spinal surgeon and ask any questions you may have.

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 Stockton-on-Tees

  • 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

Complications:

Specific complications of cervical disc replacement may include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarse voice
  • Continued symptoms
  • Spinal injury (rare).
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