Frequently Asked Questions After Neck Surgery

questions about cervical systems and surgery

How long can I expect the device to last?

What happens if the device and/or srugery are not effective?

Can I shower after surgery?

Will I have a large scar?

When can I drive?

Can I travel?

How can I find a qualified surgeon?

Can I receive an MRI after surgery?

How can I contact someone at the manufacturer?


How long can I expect the device to last?

Despite extensive testing, there is not enough long term data in humans to predict the lifetime of the Prestige LPTM cervical disc.

What happens if the device and/or surgery are not effective?

If you continue to experience the same or new neck or arm pain, it is possible that either the surgery was not effective or that the device has failed. If the pain does not resolve, you may need additional surgery. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience neck or arm pain.

Can I shower after surgery?

You will have a bandage on your neck. You may shower quickly but try not to soak the bandage. Do not use a hot tub.

Will I have a large scar?

The incision is typically about one inch long and usually heals so that it is barely noticeable.

When can I drive?

For a period of time after your surgery, you may be cautioned about activities such as driving. Talk to your doctor for specific recommendations.

Can I travel?

Because of increased airport security measures, please call your local airport authority before traveling to obtain information that may help you pass through security more quickly and easily. Your device may set off airport security detectors, so ask your doctor to request a patient identification card from Medtronic and provide you with a copy. Or request an id card here. You can use the card to accurately and quickly share information about the device with others. 


How can I find a qualified surgeon?

To find an updated list of surgeons who are trained to use the Prestige LP cervical disc, use our Find a Specialist tool. 

Can I receive an MRI after surgery?

Yes, patients can receive an MRI any time after surgery with the Prestige LP cervical disc. As MRI machines vary, please tell all of your doctors that you have a Prestige LP cervical disc and talk to your doctors about appropriate testing conditions.

How can I contact someone at the manufacturer?

Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc.
1800 Pyramid Place
Memphis, TN 38132
Toll Free Number: 1-800-876-3133

Or contact us using the online form


Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.