Mercy Spinal Surgeon, Dr. Charles Edwards II, Discusses Cervical Disc Replacement

January 18, 2021


Cervical disc replacement surgery replaces a worn-out disc in the neck that can cause pain both in the neck as well as nerve pain going down the arm.

According to Charles C. Edwards, II, M.D., Medical Director of The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy, people who have arm pain that is not getting better with physical therapy and medication are good candidates for disc replacement.

"In the past, a fusion surgery was used to treat people with disc problems in their neck," Dr. Edwards said. "The fusion surgery works well; however, it takes away some of your natural flexibility. The advantage of the disc replacement is that it maintains your neck flexibility so you can continue to enjoy a full range of motion."

In the field of spine surgery, disc replacement represents the greatest advance they've had in the last 10 years, Dr. Edwards added.

To view Dr. Edwards’ interview regarding cervical disc replacement, click here.

About Mercy

Founded in 1874 in Downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed, acute care, university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a high-performing Maryland hospital (U.S. News & World Report); has achieved an overall 5-Star quality, safety, and patient experience rating (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services); is A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade); and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet™ hospital. Mercy Health Services is a not-for-profit health system and the parent company of Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Personal Physicians.

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