FAQs


What causes neck pain?

What is a herniated disc?

What is the difference between a herniated disc and a bulging disc?

Are bulging or herniated discs normal?

Does whiplash cause herniated discs?

Should I have a MRI if I have pain?

What can I do to avoid surgery?

Are there alternative therapies available to help me deal with my pain?

When do I need surgery?

Will I have irreversible damage if I delay surgery?

When do I need a fusion?

Why is surgery often done through the front of the neck?

What effect does a fusion have on the rest of the cervical spine?

Should I have allograft or autograft bone?

Will the surgery lessen my mobility?

Will I have pain after my surgery?

What are my chances for success?

What are my risks?

Will I have to wear a collar after surgery?

When will I be back to my normal activities? Driving?

Is a plate necessary? Will I set off metal detectors?

What type of symptoms would a patient have to have for you to consider them as a candidate for the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc?

What are the potential benefits for a patient who receives the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc?

What are the potential risks for a patient who receives the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc?

What type of conditions does the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc replacement surgery treat?

How might the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc impact the patient's outcome?

What is the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc made out of? Is it a material that's been used in people in the past?

How is the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc implanted? Is it a familiar technique?

What type of pain will patients have after cervical artificial disc surgery?

How large is the scar from a cervical artificial disc surgery? Where will the scar be?

How long will the patient be in the hospital after cervical artificial disc surgery?

Do I have to do anything special after cervical disc surgery, like wear a soft neck collar?

How soon are patients typically able to return to normal activities after cervical disc surgery?

Why do you choose to use the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc over the standard of care you use now?

What are the differences between cervical disc replacement and lumbar disc replacement?

Will my insurance company pay for the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc?

What should I do if my insurance company does not pay for the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc?

The commentary above recounts the experiences of these physicians. Medtronic invited them to share their stories candidly. Keep in mind that results vary; not every patient's response is the same. Talk with your doctor to learn more about any products that are mentioned above.

It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications and benefits of spinal surgery with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your doctor's judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.

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Published: May 04, 2007
Updated: April 19, 2010