Cervical disc replacement is used to preserve motion in patients who have sustained damage to a disc. This procedure has significant benefits, allowing them to enjoy many of the activities that they were accustomed to when their discs were in excellent condition.

The success rate of this type of surgery is very high but doctors don’t’ recommend it to everyone. This article will explain what this kind of operation is all abut, so you’ll know how it can improve your health.

What is involved in disc replacement?

This sort of disc replacement surgery substitutes a degenerated disc with an artificial disc implant. Your natural disc is designed to absorb a significant compressive load but still allow the bones in your neck to move freely. It’s difficult to replace the discs in the neck with artificial ones that can perform at the same level but if a disc has been damaged and is causing pain, this is one of the treatment options that may be offered to you.

First, the herniated disc in your neck will be removed. You’ll be under general anesthesia during that time. An artificial disc is then inserted in its place.

As you can imagine, the resulting gap in your neck can’t be left empty, or the bones will rub against each other and cause a significant amount of pain. Cervical surgery relieves nerve compression, so the pain that you would feel radiating into your necks and arms will usually disappear.

As mentioned earlier, the discs also absorb shock and pressure. For example, when you jump, the force that hits your legs is absorbed by the discs, preventing damage to the vertebrae in your neck and other parts of your spine. After surgery, this shock absorption effect occurs in the way that it should, to prevent injuries.

Disc Replacement Outcomes

Follow up data shows that patients experience significant improvement in the amount of pain they have in their neck and arms. The reoperation rate is low, with the trend being the same across different types of designs for artificial discs.

Disc replacement surgery helps to slow down the rate of degeneration of the discs that are adjacent to the one that was replaced. The results are comparable to hip or knee replacement and the benefits are maintained in the long term. You can expect to still enjoy the benefits of disc replacement seven years after the initial surgery was done.

You may figure that the cremation process entails burning a body over an open flame to where it becomes nothing but ashes. But the process involves many materials and a device necessary for respectfully processing someone’s body.

We at Arlington Cremation Services want to help you understand how your loved one’s body will be processed while in the cremation chamber. You will find that the person’s body will be treated with the utmost care and dignity while in the chamber.

What Does the Chamber Feature?

The cremation chamber or retort is a furnace that has room for a human body. The chamber will produce intense heat at up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is lined with fire-resistant bricks to ensure the intense heat from the room doesn’t escape the inside.

The chamber uses a fuel source to operate. Natural gas and diesel fuel are the most common fuels, although propane can also work. All efforts can work with minimal impact on the environment.

What Container Works?

The deceased person’s body will stay in a casket made for cremation purposes. The casket must be nontoxic and combustible. It should also handle the body’s weight without breaking apart.

What Does the Body Experience?

The person’s body will not be burned, but rather it will go through combustion. While a flame works alongside the heat, the body will go through two processes:

  1. Primary Combustion: Tissues, organs, and body fat will burn off as gases. The gases are mainly carbon dioxide and water vapor.
  2. Secondary Combustion: Inorganic particles are burned off at this point. These include particles from the cremation container.

The body will not experience any movement during the cremation process. The dissolution process starts almost immediately after the person enters the chamber and the heat becomes active.

How the Bone Fragments Appear

The final result will produce bone fragments or ashes. The pieces appear following the discharge of the gases.

An operator will remove whatever pieces of metal are leftover at this point. These include items left behind in the cremation process or anything remaining on the person’s body. An operator will then grind the remaining pieces into ashes that can be stored in an urn.

The cremation effort will ensure your loved one’s body will receive the care and respect it deserves. We at Arlington Cremation Services provide this solution as a dignified way to pay your respects to someone you love.