Cervical Disc Replacement


Cervical Disc replacement is an option for people who have herniated discs in the neck or bone spurs, degenerative disc disease or severe arthritis.  It is typically done for patients with cervical disc herniations that have not responded to non-surgical treatment options and are significantly affecting the quality of life and ability to function.

Diagnostic procedures may include the following:


Depending on the location of the herniation the following symptoms may occur:

  • ache in the lower back
  • sciatica - pain that travels through the buttocks and down a leg to the ankle or foot
  • pain in the front of the thigh.
  • leg pain occurring in one leg

Pain from a herniated disc may:

  • may be constant or intermittent
  • may get worse when sneezing, coughing
  • may be aggravated by sitting, prolonged standing, and bending or twisting movements
  • may be relieved by walking, lying down, and other positions that relax the spine and decrease pressure on the damaged disc

Symptoms of degenerative disc disease:

  • low back pain that worsens when seated
  • back pain that worsens when bending, twisting and lifting
  • pain that is alleviated by lying down


An artificial disc is inserted in the space between two vertebrae. The goal is to replace the diseased or damaged disc while keeping your normal neck motion. Disc replacement can be done instead of fusing the neck and losing neck motion. 

After Surgery/Recovery

Physical Therapy is a critical part of complete recovery. Our doctors recommend DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you, click here

Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialists 
Britta Anderson, DO (Offices in Warren, Detroit, Plymouth & Farmington Hills)
Tariq Awan, DO (Offices in Detroit, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Sadiq Haque, DO (Offices in Detroit, Novi, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)

Expert Spine Physicians
Miguel Lis-Planells, M.D. (Offices in Warren & Southfield)

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