As with any surgery you will experience some pain and discomfort. This is due to the incision and muscles being moved while surgery is being performed. If you had pain and numbness prior to your surgery, you may have these afterwards as well; especially if you had any delicate surgery around the nerve itself. This will gradually improve as you heal.
Some patients may experience a sore throat due to the approach used for surgery. This can be relieved with ice packs, drinking cool or cold liquids and eating a soft diet for the first few days after surgery. Avoid warm or hot beverages and swallowing solid items.
You will wear a hard cervical brace for several weeks allowing the artificial disc replacement to bond with the vertebrae above and below its insertion area. Once the area is healing adequately you will move into a soft collar and will start physical therapy. It’s important to complete the entire physical therapy prescribed ensure the best possible outcome from you surgery.