A minimally invasive surgical procedure
The cervical region is an anatomically sensitive area. A minimally invasive procedure will reduce the impact of surgery.
The 2 to 3 cm scar extends just in front of the diseased disc.
Gentle dissection by tissue separation provides access to the front part of the spine.
The diseased disc and herniation can be successively removed, whilst remaining at all times in front of the spinal cord, protected by the dura mater and cerebrospinal fluid.
Fusion or disc replacement?
The CCV philosophy is to preserve mobility by installing a disc replacement whenever possible.
However, there are cases where fusion of a segment of the spine is the only way out, especially when osteoarthritis is too advanced.
Thanks to the minimally invasive technique and the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) procedure implemented at the CCV Montpellier, assisted by the physiotherapist the patient can move around after surgery on the afternoon of the operation. The programme to restore autonomy in everyday life is explained and then implemented with the physiotherapy team the following morning, before returning home in the late morning.
Living with a cervical implant
Following the installation of a cervical implant, autonomy in daily activities can be recovered on the same day as the operation.
Physical exertion will still be painful for a few weeks, during which time a quiet but active lifestyle is recommended, in particular walking.
The return to more physical activities and sport will come naturally, once feelings of confidence and stability are restored.
The following are some testimonials from American athletes who overcame their disability and returned to peak performance after disc replacement surgery.
CERVICAL SURGERY KEY POINTS
- Indication: Cervicobrachial neuralgia resistant to medical treatment for more than 2 to 6 months, with repercussions on daily activities or paralysis justifying a surgical procedure
Minimally invasive technique (zero-profile implant or disc replacement)
Horizontal scar at front of neck
Duration of surgery
Average length of hospital stay (discharge the day after surgery)
Restraint with soft neck brace
Average recovery time
Minimum duration of absence from work
Period before starting back driving
Duration before resuming sports activities
Flying home after surgery
Duration of evolution up to the final result of the surgery, in the absence of neurological sequelae
*These are mean times, with possibility of significant variability from one patient to another.