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Cervical Disc Replacement

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Dear Dr. Brusonavik and Staff,

I want to thank you for being the most respectable, professional and caring medical team I have ever encountered. Every person in your office played a vital role in making me feel comfortable and cared for. I was referred to Dr. Brusonavik by a friend, Miki Davis, who knew I needed to see the best spine surgeon…and that is the exact direction she sent me. I have already had a previous spine operation at a different hospital in 2005, therefore I knew the importance of doing my research on the doctor as well as the staff. I did just that and was pleased right away. After visiting Dr. Brusovanik and showing him my CT scan, MRI and X-rays it was determined that I needed a minimally invasive surgery. Surgery was necessary to relieve the horrible pain that traveled down both arms into my hands as well as the continuous numbness. I had a total disc replacement with fusion on C6-C7 on February 17th, 2015 at Doctors Hospital. When I woke up from surgery I was smiling. The pain down my arms was gone! The feeling in my hands was back! And the pain from the surgery itself was very little. I was back to work in 10 days and back in the gym in less than 20 days. I have full mobility and couldn’t be happier.

Let me take another minute to tell you about the amazing staff….INCREDIBLE! They knew me by name and treated me like family. And Daisy, I just adore her. She made sure that finances weren’t going to deter me from receiving the best care. I could go on and on and on….my advice to someone having any discomfort that restricts you from your daily life activities…don’t waist anymore time being uncomfortable! Take the next step and see the best team!
Thank you!!!!!!

Kathleen Donavon | Key West

ABOUT Cervical Disc Replacement

A cervical disc replacement is an operation that aims at relieve patient’s neck pain and nerve pain and improve their quality of life without making them lose neck motion. The technology is about 15 to 20 years old, and now there’s a great record of research and time that supports this procedure, especially for patients who don’t have end stage degenerative changes. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has made it very clear that there is a high rate, as high as 25% every 10 years, of patients having to go back to surgery after a problem above or below a fusion.


Cervical RadiculopathyThis condition is an irritation or compression of one or more nerve roots in the cervical spine. Because these nerves travel to the shoulders, arms and hands, an injury in the cervical spine can cause symptoms in these areas. Cervical radiculopathy may result from a variety of problems with the bones and tissues of the cervical spinal column.

A disk replacement aims to minimize that risk and there are multiple studies that support that hypothesis. The operation is done via a minimally invasive technique that avoid injuring muscles and therefore, patients routinely avoid taking pain medicine and return to work within days of surgery. Its important to discuss the risks and I would encourage you to research this topic in detail.


Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Steroid InjectionThis injection relieves pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms caused by a pinched nerve (or nerves) in the cervical spine. Conditions such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or radiculopathy can compress nerves, causing inflammation and pain. The medication injected helps decrease the swelling of nerves.
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement (PCM) (Caution: Investigational Device)
A goal of this procedure is to relieve the pain caused by pinched nerves due to a damaged disc in the cervical spine. The diseased or damaged disc will be replaced with a specialized implant.

El reemplazo de disco cervical tiene varios beneficios en comparación con la fusión de la columna cervical. En primer lugar, el reemplazo de disco permite una mayor movilidad y flexibilidad de la columna cervical, lo que puede reducir el dolor y mejorar la calidad de vida del paciente. En segundo lugar, el reemplazo de disco es menos invasivo que la fusión de la columna cervical, lo que significa una recuperación más rápida y menos complicaciones posoperatorias.

Además, el reemplazo de disco cervical permite preservar la estructura natural de la columna cervical y evita la fusión de las vértebras, lo que puede reducir el riesgo de deformidades y alteraciones en la postura. También puede prevenir la aparición de dolor en otras partes de la columna vertebral, ya que la fusión de las vértebras puede provocar una sobrecarga en otras áreas de la espalda.

En resumen, el reemplazo de disco cervical ofrece una serie de beneficios en comparación con la fusión de la columna cervical, incluyendo una mayor movilidad, una recuperación más rápida y una preservación de la estructura natural de la columna vertebral. Estos beneficios pueden ayudar a mejorar la calidad de vida del paciente y prevenir complicaciones a largo plazo.









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