Mercy Spinal Surgeon Dr. Charles Edwards II Discusses Cervical Disk Replacement For Neck Issues
There’s a new type of low-risk surgery for herniated discs and neck nerve problems that is showing promising results.
Numbness and tingling in the arms can be a sign of those problems. They're issues that began bothering Martha Morgan, whose friends said she's walking taller these days.
"People said my posture had improved and I'd grown half an inch," said Morgan, who had been suffering from numbness in her arms for months.
After consulting several doctors, she made her way to Mercy Medical Center spinal surgeon Dr. Charles Edwards, II, Medical Director, The Spine Clinic, Maryland Spine Center at Mercy.
"What he told me was that I had evidence of disc degeneration in my neck," Morgan said.
In the past, cervical fusion was the surgery of choice, which worked well, but patients would lose mobility in their necks.
"He thought that I was a good candidate for a new disc replacement procedure that they perform, and I wouldn't lose any mobility," Morgan said.
"Cervical fusion has been around for 60 years and has an excellent track record of success. Disc replacement, though, is even better because it's not only safer, but it provides for better flexibility of the neck and even faster recovery," Dr. Edwards said.
According to Dr. Edwards, the surgery takes approximately 30 minutes. Patients are up and walking right away and are back to work in a week or two.
A model showing the disc replacement showed the bone below and above the implant, which provides for continued flexibility of the neck. Morgan said she is so glad she went ahead with the procedure.
"The next day following the surgery I realized I had done the right thing, coming and having the procedure done, because the numbness was completely gone and has never returned," she said.
View Dr. Edwards’ interview regarding cervical disk replacement surgery.
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