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Cervical Disc Replacement

A number of patients from various geographies visit India for affordable cervical disc replacement treatment. Cervical disc replacement is an effective treatment for people suffering from disc herniations. In cervical disc replacement, an artificial disc is inserted in place of the inter-vertebral disc.


An alternative for cervical disc replacement is spinal fusion surgery which is also done with proficiency in India. Cervical Disc Replacement is considered a better option than spinal fusion for

treating cervical disc herniation as cervical disc replacement maintains normal neck motion and helps the patient return to normal activity faster. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged disc and replaces it with an artificial disc made of mostly stainless steel. The artificial disc has a ball in trough design to simulate natural neck movement.


The indications for a cervical disc replacement are generally the same as cervical discectomy and fusion. In order to get the surgery performed a person must have a symptomatic cervical disc, which may be causing arm pain, arm weakness or numbness with some degree of neck pain. These symptoms may be due to a herniated disc and/or osteophytes compressing adjacent nerves or the spinal cord. This condition typically occurs at cervical spine levels C4-5, C5-6, or C6-7. A few Hospitals in India treat multilevel disease.
There are a number of factors that are important in considering cervical disc replacement vs. a traditional decompression and fusion surgery. A Cervical Artificial Disc is better than a Fusion treatment in many ways. The artificial disc surgery does not have the potential complications associated with taking a bone graft from the hip nor the theoretical risk of infection transmission from using a cadaveric bone graft. This advantage is not present in fusion procedure. Clearly the issue of bone graft healing is eliminated. The disc replacement reduces the chances for adjacent segment disease (versus a fusion), since the artificial disc should allow for more normal neck motion and absorb some of the daily stresses of the neck. The length and type of activity restrictions following surgery are also much less with disc replacement.


Surgical Procedure for Cervical Disc Replacement in India

The standard surgical procedure to treat the cervical spine for a disc replacement in India is ‘from the front’ approach. The surgical approach is the same as discectomy and fusion operation. The affected disc and impinging disc fragments or osteophytes (bone spurs) are completely removed. The disc space is distracted to its prior normal disc height to help decompress relieve pressure on the nerves. Now, using x-rays or fluoroscopy, the artificial disc device is implanted into the prepared disc space.


Potential Risks and Complications

There are potential complications with an artificial device, although these complications can be severe, they are very rare occurrences. Complications are similar to an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion and may include:

      Blood loss
      Nerve injury or paralysis
      Need for further surgery


The artificial disc does theoretically have some of the same potential complications associated with total hip and knee replacement.


Heal & Wheel India’s role in your surgical trip …

Before coming to India for the surgery you will be in constant communication with our expert panel of surgeons here in India, They will advise you to lose weight if you are overweight. Every minute detail will be taken care off before and after the surgery for example placing things within reach in your house, usage of raised toilet seats, shower table etc.


Heal & Wheel’s team ensures that patient is provided full post operative regime of care that is necessary for complete recovery. The patient is typically hospitalized for 1-2 days and can return to work in a month and a half. Prior to being admitted the patient must undergo a trial of non-operative treatment for at least 4 to 6 weeks, usually consisting of anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapies and it is also taken care in India that the patient hasn’t had prior neck surgery.


Heal & Wheel understands your emotional needs as much as your physical ones. Thus what we work hard to provide is peace of mind. With significant experience and expertise in medical procedures. Heal and Wheel ensures you best quality medical treatment at most competitive prices coupled with the best recuperation vacation. We have tied up with the best in the Indian healthcare industry and deal only with internationally reputed experienced doctors with brilliant professional case histories.


We understand that security and hygiene are your utmost concerns. We have taken measures to ensure you the most hygienic and secure environs while you are with us in India. Heal and wheel is also famous for its excellent pre and post treatment follow up patient care services. We keep all your information confidential while closely following HIPAA standards. We remain in constant communication with your doctor back at home, both before and after your surgery in India.





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