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Cervical artifical disc replacement??? Has any1 had this done????

edited 06/11/2012 - 9:00 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone, I'm a 31yr old female living in constant pain. I am afraid to have surgery but cannot go on like this. Feedback would be great!!


  • S-Jane, sorry to hear what brought you here to Spine-Health but welcome, there is much support and people who understand the challenges of Spine DDD and options for treatment, undergoing surgery.

    You are so young to have so much degeneration in your C-Spine multi-levels and T-Spine. But know you are not alone, there have been others here your age.

    I was 42 facing three levels of DDD (degenerative disc disease) with bone spurs encroaching spinal cord & compression nerve roots = ACDF on C-3/4, C-4/5, C-6/7 and fused with bone implant. Did well for 12 yrs, more DDD.

    I had a surgeon who did the Cervical ADR surgeries, and was one of the first five surgeons in US doing them. I have not known anyone personally who has had the surgery, but I did talk to a couple of people who had them while waiting to see my surgeon. So not much help in answering your ? Got a bit of a perspective on it, but certainly nothing in depth. I understand they (surgeons) are learning much and hoping to improve successrate with the ADR, especially for the 2-level ADR.

    Hope you can find out more from someone here who has had the surgery here on S-H.

    We do have much in common with multi-levels of C-Spine and can tell you how well my bone-implant did past 15 yrs and why my surgeon chose it when I was "very young" for multi-level fusion and needing duration of stability (did not choose hardware for that reason) and did bone implant only.

    Recommend to learn as much as you can choices, and why surgeons choose type of hardware, bone implant with hardware, ADR candidates, etc. There is a lot of peer review cases and publications on neurosurgical and orthopedic surgeon websites writing on the ADR surgeries.
    Came across some when I was researching cases on C-Spine-T-Spine bridge surgeries.

    What kind of treatment have you had for your pain? Have you gotten some meds that help you with your C-Spine and T-Spine?

    There are many here and much info of non-interventional pain treatments and options prior to being a candidate or undergoing surgery. Plus, those who know first-hand with what works for them.

    Well, again welcome, hope you find some good support and friendship even if there may not be many with the ADR surgery.

  • Joydancer, I have tried almost everything…PT on and off for 5 yrs, trigger point injections and just about every medication there is! I'm planning to do another few months of PT b4 I see a neurosurgeon again. Luckily I live near NYC where there are some top notch surgeons. However, my biggest fear is having the surgery b4 I have children, in the event that something goes wrong. Like u I have issues w my left arm and hand. It would be nice if u wouldn't mind sharing some info w me through private messages. I'm reaching a point where the pain and spasms are just intolerable. Gentle xo
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  • I know how you are feeling. I was in pain 24/7 before my surgery and tried everything. I'm also relatively close to NYC and found the best surgeon to do my one-level fusion. If you do plan on having surgery, it would make sense to do it before you have children. My recovery has been more difficult with my 2 kids and their schedules, needs, etc.

    You can PM me if you want to hear my story. I'm still recovering at 1 year post-op with possibility of surgery to remove scar tissue. At the moment, I'm in limbo until I get a new MRI of my cervical and lumbar spine. Wishing you pain free days ahead! :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I am female and had an artificial disc replacement at c5-6 three years ago. I was 37. in the hospital one night. I did not find recovery painful or difficult.
  • To spine health SJane. Sorry that you are experiencing trouble at multiple levels.

    Surgery is such a big decision, good for you for researching and learning all that you can beforehand.Have you had multiple opinions from fellowship trained orthopedic or neurosurgeon?

    I am 2 and a half weeks post op from receiving an artificial disc replacement,but mine was a lumbar adr.

    Wishing you all the best. Please keep us updated on how you are doing.

    >:D< Karen
    >:D< >:-D< : Karen
    L3-S1 herniation and bulges, stenosis, mod facet,ddd,impinged nerves,coccydinia
    discectomy/lami July 2011-unsuccessful
    adr L5-S1 Feb 2012
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  • Hey there, I'm new here. Name's LadyBug & I have DDD @ C3/4, C4/5, C5/6 with bone spurs and nerve comp.
    Trying to deside if I want replacement disks or fussions.
  • Hey Finn ~ I am very interested in learning more about your surgery and recovery.
    I'm 48 and have had 2 L5/S1 surgerys, ending with fussion. It's location doesn't prevent movement.

    I currently have DDD at C-3/4, 4/5, 5/6 with bone spurs and nerve comp. I'm affaid of fussing my neck.
    Would loose mobility for sure, right? Someone said that fussing one and replace the others would be good to.

    Any information you'd be willing to share, I'd be greatfull for.

    so tired of pain...
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