The surgical procedure for cervical total disc replacement involves replacing the damaged disc with a synthetic artificial disk. This implant consists of a plastic core with metallic plates on either side. These plates are attached to the adjacent vertebrae with teeth. Over time, new bone will grow into the implants. In this way, the patient will experience the same benefits of using cervical total disc replacement devices as if the patient had a natural disc. However, there are many risks associated with this procedure.
Cervical total disc replacement devices preserve more normal neck motion. The cost of cervical total disc replacement ranges between US$ 17,000 to US$ 34,000 in Germany. During the surgery, the patient will be numbed and put under anesthesia. The surgical site will be in the neck, so anesthesia will be administered through a numbing agent. The surgical site will be covered with a sterile drape, which is a common side effect of the procedure. A small, temporary incision is made behind the earlobes. The implant is usually placed in the ear, causing no discomfort.
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