Prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement – cervical spine

A prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement is a procedure that removes a disc in the spine and replaces it with an artificial one. The procedure is designed to relieve nerve pain and compression within the spine.

Who is suitable for a prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement?

Patients with acute disc herniation or cervical spondylosis will often benefit from prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement.

What does a prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement involve?

During the procedure, the anterior cervical spine will be exposed via an incision. Your surgeon will remove the affected disc, and any other surrounding material required, and replace it with artificial disc prosthesis. The procedure is performed under general anesthetic and so you won’t feel any pain during it. It usually takes around 90 minutes.

What is the recovery period?

Your recovery may vary depending on your condition and the complexity of the surgery performed, however, most patients are able to resume light activities about eight weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will tailor your recovery plan to your needs and our dedicated physiotherapy team will work with you closely to ensure you recover as fully and as quickly as possible.

As nicotine has been shown to inhibit the ability of bone-growing cells, smoking can negatively impact your recovery from surgery. It is strongly advised to stop smoking at least two to three months before surgery.

Self-pay package

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. We offer a range of self-pay package options, including:

  • Fixed Price Packages: these are comprehensive, all-inclusive packages that group everything you may need into one clear price. All of our Fixed Price Packages include diagnostics, procedure, all professional fees, all post-op outpatient care and any other consultant-recommended services as part of you treatment.

Below is an outline of our Fixed Price Package.

Included in the package price:

  • consultant surgeon and consultant anaesthetist procedure fees.
  • three follow-up consultations with consultant within post-op timeframe.
  • pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG & Chest X-ray), if required.
  • recovery and accommodation which includes a stay in a private en-suite room.
  • ward medications, dressings, and ward nursing consumables.
  • theatre procedure, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables.
  • theatre prosthesis.
  • pathology and histology, if required.
  • standard post–op medication issued and used during the inpatient stay.
  • inpatient physiotherapy and surgical stockings, if required.
  • discharge medication pertaining to the condition being treated by this package.
  • all patient meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • return to theatres within six weeks of the procedure date due to complication.

Inclusions listed above are non-refundable if not required.

Excluded from the package price:

  • take out supplies.
  • companion beds and catering for relatives / visitors.
  • personal expenses –telephone calls, additional catering, ambulances, etc…If additional night’s stay, diagnostics, or other services are requested from your consultant you will not be charged in addition for these as these are included within the Fixed Price Package.

Consultants offering this package:

When enquiring about this package please quote V2282.

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