What symptoms require medical attention after an artificial disc replacement procedure?

Some postoperative symptoms indicate that you are at risk of complications and you require a doctor’s attention.

Mild pain and discomfort are normal in the days and weeks following an artificial disc replacement procedure. Typically, the soreness is located at the incision site, but it is easily manageable and gradually recedes in time.

Other common symptoms may also be present, such as:

  • difficulty swallowing
  • struggling to speak

Troubling symptoms following an artificial disc replacement procedure

Most patients do not experience any postsurgical complications, but it is essential to be aware of the potential abnormal symptoms.

Following an artificial disc replacement, signs that may require immediate medical attention include:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • numbness
  • weakness
  • swelling
  • redness
  • bleeding
  • fever or chills
  • difficulty breathing
  • discharge from the incision site
  • increasing and persistent pain

Make sure to inform your neurosurgeon about any postoperative symptoms that you may experience and follow all instructions carefully.


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