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Your cervical spine is the seven bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other in your neck. Between these bones are discs that cushion your neck and allow it to move freely.

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 cervical disc replacement

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. Be sure and tell us if you are in any pain.

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).
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
Overall rating Good
Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
Overall rating Outstanding
Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
Overall rating Good
North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
Overall rating Good
Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
Overall rating Good
Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

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

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding
Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 436351
Overall rating Good

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