Pain in the neck can be frustrating, worrisome, and even prevent you from performing simple daily tasks. No one should have to be restricted from doing the activities and routines they enjoy because of neck pain. Many people who suffer with cervical disc disease can find themselves in this predicament. Artificial cervical disc replacement surgery is one promising procedure that has helped countless patients gain relief from pain and discomfort.
One of the ways our board-certified orthopedic surgeons help patients gain relief from painful cervical spine symptoms is by performing artificial cervical disc replacement. The orthopedic spine surgeons at EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region are uniquely qualified in the region having performed artificial disc replacements since 2005 as investigators in numerous FDA clinical trials.
Did you know that studies have shown that artificial cervical disc replacement surgery has enabled many people reduce or eliminate the use of post-operative pain medication?
If you have been diagnosed with a cervical spine condition that has not responded favorably to conservative treatment methods, there are no better hands you could be in than those of the spine specialists at EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region.
What Is Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?
The FDA approved cervical artificial disc replacement in the United States in 2007. Prior to artificial disc surgery, the spinal fusion approach was the most common procedure performed to alleviate neck and spine pain. Spinal fusion essentially binds together two or more vertebrae to solidify into one bone. And, while patients often experience relief from pain, the fusing of vertebrae ultimately restricts mobility. There is also concern a fusion may not fully “take” or bind the vertebrae together. In addition, there is some evidence that fusion may accelerate degeneration of adjacent unfused discs.
Artificial discs better resemble the natural size and function of the natural discs. This makes artificial cervical disc replacement potentially a better option for patients who seek to eliminate pain but also want to maintain neck movement and flexibility and avoid the potential drawbacks of fusion.
At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, our spine surgeons perform two different types of cervical disc replacements:
The M6-C disc, the most recently FDA-approved disc technology, is designed to most completely mimic the natural movement of the cervical disc. It allows flexion, extension, side-to-side bending of the neck as well as compression similar to a normal disc. Not only can patients have restored movement that would not have been granted through spinal fusion, the M6-C artificial disc potentially minimizes stress to supporting discs and other spinal structures. M6 is FDA-approved for patients who need one disc replaced.
And, as previously mentioned, the success of artificial cervical disc replacement has allowed many patients to discontinue prescribed pain medication. Clinical data from a U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study demonstrates that 92% of patients report satisfaction from their M6-C disc surgery, with 93% saying they would do the surgery again.
Similar to the M6 artificial disc, the Mobi-C has received positive scoring in patient satisfaction and overall success for patients with degenerative disc disease. It also helps to reduce pain and potentially preserve movement of the cervical spine. M6 is one of only two artificial discs on the market that are FDA-approved for use when a patient needs two discs replaced.
Are You a Candidate for Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery?
If you have been referred to a spine specialist or have been told you would benefit from cervical spine surgery, it is likely because conservative treatment methods have failed to address your symptoms. Patients with cervical disc disease may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
- Sensation of tingling or numbness in the arm or hand
- Weakness in the muscles of the shoulder, arm or hand
- Pain in the neck and arm
- Clumsiness or incoordination in the arms, hands or legs or clumsiness in gait (the way a person walks)
If these symptoms are severe and have not responded to non-surgical treatment methods, an artificial cervical disc replacement surgery may bring relief.
How Do You Choose a Cervical Spine Surgeon?
At EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region, we have an entire team of orthopedic specialists specifically dedicated to treating conditions of the back, spine, and neck. Cervical artificial disc replacement surgery is one of many examples of what sets EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region apart from other orthopedic practices.
We also make affordability a top priority, while also ensuring that patients still receive the sophisticated, quality orthopedic care they deserve. The ultimate goal is to help our patients Emerge Healthier. Stronger. Better.
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