Who is a candidate for cervical disc replacement surgery?

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The indications for cervical disc replacement surgery are with younger people who have disc herniations causing spinal cord or spinal nerve root compression and characteristic and associated arm pain, with minimal cervical arthritis causing neck pain. This is because the maintenance of motion with the disc replacement, since it is mobile, may cause continued neck pain if the neck pain is related to motion. This indication may be more for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) than disc replacement. This should be determined by the surgeon preoperatively.

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