Information on Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

Tulsa Spine Surgery specializes in delivering the highest level of surgical care in the world for degenerative lower back and neck conditions using state-of-the-art surgical techniques, technology, and comprehensive surgical and rehabilitation planning. Our team of exceptionally trained and mindful medical professionals is devoted to providing the best medical experience and life-enhancing solutions available for these unique and intricate conditions. Tulsa Spine Surgery provided by Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. is a pioneer in artificial cervical disc replacement surgery. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O. and see if disc replacement surgery is right for you, contact us now.

Until recently, the only option for repairing a failed spinal disc was to fuse the area. This procedure helped patients, but it placed more stress on the surrounding discs, and it also reduced patient range of motion. Doctors believed that there was a better solution: rather than fusing the area around the disc, they developed disc replacement surgery. Tulsa Spine Surgery is among the best spinal surgery facilities to begin performing artificial cervical disc replacement surgery, and we’re still among the Tulsa areas most experienced practitioners of this technique.

Before disc replacement surgery, patients had very limited options for dealing with a failed disc in their back. Fusion was the leading treatment, but fusion had numerous disadvantages. First, it significantly reduced range of motion in the short term and long term. An entire area of the spine that used to bend and move freely is now fused into a single straight portion, which cannot bend at all. This fusion reduces range of motion, increases recovery time, and leads to an additional disadvantage: increased stress on surrounding vertebrae. The old fusion technique forced them to move more than usual to compensate, and could lead to a second failure and more surgery down the road.

Artificial cervical disc replacement surgery offers patients an alternative to the problems of old fusion surgery. Artificial cervical disc replacement surgery replaces the failed disc with a new one made of artificial materials engineered to duplicate the functioning of a natural disc as completely as possible. Disc replacement surgery allows patients to enjoy the normal functioning of their back without the pain caused by disc failure.

Although disc replacement surgery is a newer procedure than spinal fusion, it has proven to be just as safe and just as effective. It has already been performed thousands of times nationwide, and the results are documented and excellent. Patients experience greater range of motion, reduced requirement for a second follow up surgery, and faster recovery times. Our artificial cervical disc replacement surgery patients typically begin early physical therapy the day after the surgery is performed, and most are able to return to their full activity six to eight weeks after surgery. In comparison, most spinal fusion patients are not completely recovered until 6 or 9 months later.

Information on Cervical Spine Surgery

This Content Was Written by the Tulsa Spine Surgery Experts at the Offices of Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.

A visit to Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.’s office is an important first step to get an answer when it comes to the cause of your chronic pain. You should know that the diagnosis of back, neck, leg or arm pain isn’t always easy, but Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.’s expertise when it comes to Spine Surgery in Tulsa will make it easier for you to pinpoint the cause of the back pain and find a solution for ridding your body of the chronic pain. Give us a call today if you have a history of pain and are looking for a proper diagnosis and treatment to start reclaiming your life. You don’t have to live in constant pain and when you pick up the phone and dial 539-664-8444 you’re taking a step in the right direction.

Cervical spine surgery involves removing a part of your spine and then fusing vertebrae in your back. To do this, bone grafts are usually used. Sometimes that means removal of your own bone during or before the cervical spine surgery. It may also mean using donated bone from a bank. If necessary, the bone graft may be complemented by temporary or permanent metal plates, wiring, or screws. The goal of cervical spine surgery is to provide added stability and decrease potential abnormal movement in the spine. There are many conditions which may cause this. One of the most common is an accident or trauma. An injured spine often needs stabilization, and cervical spine surgery is a good way to provide that. Degenerative conditions can also require cervical spine surgery to reduce discomfort.

Many of our clients wonder about recovery from cervical spine surgery. Cervical spine surgery is a major medical procedure, and is not to be considered lightly. The Tulsa Spine Surgery experts at Dr. Kris Parchuri D.O.’s office performs minimally invasive surgery in all cases. Minimally invasive surgery reduces recovery time and makes it easier for our patients to regain full function without therapy. Recovery from cervical spine surgery depends heavily on how complex and extensive the procedure was. We specialize in complex cervical spine surgery, including very difficult reconstruction and decompression.

Despite the complexity of our procedures, our minimally invasive techniques mean that recovery from cervical spine surgery is usually fairly fast. Most patients have limited mobility directly after surgery. The key to successful recovery from cervical spine surgery is to prevent movement as much as possible so that the bone grafts and other supportive surgical elements have time to integrate properly into your spine. Focus on pain management and staying still, asking for help whenever you need to move. You will be prescribed a specific set of exercises to perform as part of your recovery from cervical spine surgery.