Specialty Surgeon Complete Packaged Procedure for a Spinal Disc Replacement – Level 1. Spinal Disc Replacement – Level 1 is a cervical disc replacement surgery. This is a procedure where an affected, painful disc in the neck is removed and replaced with a new, artificial one. During the procedure the surgeon can also remove any bone spurs and elongate the disc space, further relieving pressure on the nerves and nerve roots. Generally, the surgeon will use an anterior approach to reach the cervical spine, allowing for greater visibility of the problem area. This approach is similar to the spinal discectomy and fusion procedure.
In Spinal Disc Replacement – Level 1 surgery the new artificial disc was developed to function similar to a natural disc, and thus it can maintain close to normal mobility while also acting as a buffer between the two adjacent vertebrae. These characteristics are then preserved, the chance of degeneration is greatly reduced in the vertebrae above and below the surgical site.
A Spinal Disc Replacement – Level 1 surgery cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, cost of drugs and any related medical procedures required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.