Cervical Disc Replacement

If you have chronic back and neck pain and are considering surgery, you probably have degenerative disc disease. For those with severe disc problems, spinal fusion might not be your only option—artificial disc replacement may successfully relieve your pain.

The goal of cervical disc replacement is to relieve pressure on the nerve roots or on the spinal cord by removing the ruptured disc (disc herniation). The artificial disc replaces the painful disc with a structurally similar artificial disc to enable the neck to function as intended

Cervical disc replacement has become a popular alternative to fusion because it allows for a much broader range of motion. The implant allows the endplate to move the plastic ball attached to the bottom plate.

During the procedure, the unhealthy disc is removed and the height at the level of the spine is restored to relief pressure on the nerves and/ or spinal cord. The artificial disc is inserted to restore the height at the level of your spine. A total disc replacement procedure does not require a bone graft and the spine is not fused.

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