ARTIFICIAL CERVICAL DISC REPLACEMENT
In the neck, it is not uncommon for discs (shock absorbers for our spinal bones) to become worn or damaged due to an injury or the normal aging process. When a disc is damaged, disc material may leak into the spinal column causing pain, tingling/numbness, and pressure on the spinal cord. Surgical intervention in form of an artificial disc replacement may be necessary to alleviate these symptoms.
Learn if you are a candidate for this treatment.
What is an Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement?
Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that removes damaged or diseased discs and replaces them with specialized, artificial disc technology that is tailored to a patient’s specific anatomical requirements.
What Are the Benefits of this Treatment?
The goal of an artificial disc replacement is to simulate a normal disc, increasing mobility while alleviating pain. Additionally, artificial disc replacement is thought to maintain longevity of health by reducing stress on nearby spinal discs.
Which Conditions Benefit Most from this Treatment?
While it cannot treat spinal instability, it may be performed to treat the following conditions:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Disc Herniation
- Radiculopathy (tingling/numbness in the arms)
Artificial Disc Replacement vs. Spinal Fusion
Spinal fusions and artificial disc replacements are often used to treat similar conditions including disc herniations and degenerative disc disease. The key in determining which surgical intervention depends on the severity of symptoms and its impact on the spinal column.
Spinal fusions, for instance, are ideal for patients that have severe instability in their spine, leading to pain, tingling/numbness, and weakness in their arms or legs. The best course of treatment can be determined after a thorough evaluation and discussion of recovery goals. In some instances, a hybrid approach may be utilized.
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