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About the Therapy
Doctors may suggest artificial disc replacement because it is designed to maintain motion and flexibility in the neck.
Currently, artificial discs may provide an alternative to spinal fusion.
Artificial disc replacement is designed to maintain motion in the spine for people suffering from the symptoms of a degenerated disc or an acute unresolved herniated disc.
All treatment and outcome results are specific to the individual patient, and will form part of your consultation with your healthcare professional.
Please consult your healthcare professional for a full list of benefits, indications, precautions, clinical results, and other important medical information that pertains to artificial discs.
Questions regarding your specific condition and treatment should always be directed to your doctor. However, for general information, some frequently asked questions are discussed here.
An artificial disc is a prosthetic device inserted between the vertebrae to replace a natural spinal disc. It is designed to preserve mobility throughout the treated vertebral segment.
If non-surgical therapies fail to provide relief from acute disc herniation, your doctor may recommend spine surgery. The goal of surgery is to remove all or part of a damaged disc (discectomy), relieve pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord (decompression), and to restore spinal stability and alignment after the disc has been removed.
This type of joint replacement procedure, or arthroplasty, involves inserting an artificial disc into the intervertebral space after a natural spinal disc has been removed.
The device is designed to preserve mobility within the disc space and throughout the treated vertebral segment. It is designed to function like a joint, providing motion (flexion, extension, side bending, and rotation) and alignment (height and curvature) of a natural disc.
Artificial disc replacement generally treats degenerated discs in the spine or herniated discs in the spine. Some patients with these herniated discs of the spine will have compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots, as well as back pain associated with the degenerated discs. Your doctor will be able to advise you on your specific suitability for this treatment.
Artificial discs are typically constructed from a variety of materials, including medical grade stainless steel, polyethylene, and cobolt chromium. Implants using these materials have been used safely for a number of indications for many decades.
The artificial disc is usually implanted through an incision in the front of the neck or abdomen, and provides direct access to the disc space. It is a familiar approach. This is the same approach used to treat cervical and lumbar disc herniation through an anterior spinal fusion.
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.