Cervical Disc Replacement - Dr. Johans in Boise

Cervical Disc Replacement - Dr. Johans in Boise

Who is Dr. Johans?

Dr. Johans is an esteemed and knowledgeable specialist in cervical disc replacement located in the Treasure Valley area, with over three decades of experience in accurate diagnosis and treatment of such conditions. His practice is distinguished by providing a comfortable and reassuring atmosphere where patients can discuss treatment options without feeling hurried or pressured. Additionally, Dr. Johans always personally meets with each patient during every appointment to guarantee a precise analysis of their condition, often considering alternative treatments before suggesting surgery as a last resort.

What is Cervical Disc Replacement?

A cervical disc replacement is a surgery used to replace one or more discs in the neck that are damaged. This surgery is important because it helps relieve pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerves, relieving pain, numbness, and weakness. During the procedure, the damaged disc is removed and replaced with an artificial disc made primarily from titanium. The artificial disc has a joint allowing a full range of motion.

What is Life Like 10 Years After Disc Replacement?

Ten years after a cervical disc replacement, a patient can expect to still be experiencing relief from their pain and an increased range of motion. Unlike a disc fusion, which permanently prevents all movement at that level or levels, a cervical disc replacement provides a significant range of motion and freedom of movement. Studies have shown this procedure is incredibly successful and designed to last far longer than a disc fusion. As such, patients who choose this treatment can expect to enjoy life without the discomfort they were previously experiencing for many years.

Why Does Dr. Johans Suggest Disc Replacement Over Disc Fusion?

Doctors like Dr. Johans will often attempt to recommend a disc replacement over a fusion for the same reason you would not fuse a hip or knee joint. The range of motion these joints have leads to a more enjoyable experience than if they could not move. This artificial disc helps maintain regular joint motion, just like when it was healthy and new. The new disc also helps reduce inflammation and pain that a fusion can cause so that you can enjoy greater flexibility, stability, and discomfort relief. Additionally, since the replaced disc is designed to move as your original one did, it can provide better balance and coordination in everyday activities. Ultimately, a disc replacement returns things to how they were originally meant to be - much more functional.

Neck Pain Treatment from Dr. Johans

Dr. Johans is a highly experienced, board-certified neurosurgeon and pain management specialist with exceptional expertise in neck pain, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and ulnar nerve syndrome. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and Pain Management and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

If you have any of these conditions or suspect you may be suffering from any other neurological disorder, please contact Dr. Johans at 208-327-5600 for a consultation to discuss which treatment plan may be right for you.

Dr. Johans is committed to providing personalized care tailored to meet his patients’ needs and effective treatment options to achieve maximum relief from discomfort. Patients can trust that Dr. Johans with over 30 years of experience in neurological surgery and pain management treatments, will provide the highest standard of care available so they can get back on track with life as quickly as possible!