Sitting down for a nice dinner. Standing at attention. Lying down on your bed for a good night’s sleep. You may take these things for granted. But if you’ve ever suffered serious neck or back pain, you know these simple activities can be difficult, if not impossible.
Medications and other non-surgical treatments may help. But for people with some of the most debilitating neck or back pain, surgery may be the answer. In the past, spinal fusion was the only surgical option. But fusion limits motion at the surgery site. Today, a newer surgical option—cervical disc replacement—allows you to maintain motion and relieve pain.
If you suffer serious pain, seek advice from the local, experienced, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons at Grand View Health. They will review your case, inform you of your options and help you make the choice that fits you best. Our focus will always be personal throughout every step of your healing journey.
For cervical disc replacement, our surgeons use a leading-edge technology called the Mobi-C Cervical Disc. It helps patients maintain neck movement and fits entirely within the space of your former disc.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about cervical disc replacement to help guide you:
Before artificial discs, patients often received a type of fusion surgery called anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). In this approach, a doctor would remove the unhealthy disc and fill the empty space with a bone spacer or plastic implant. The implant helps match the disc height to the levels above and below, which removes pressure on the nerves and spinal cord. The surgeon would then install a metal plate with screws at the front of the neck to keep the spacer in place, stop movement at that level, and help new bone grow between the vertebrae. The goal of fusion is to eliminate motion at the surgery level. New cervical disc replacement surgeries are designed to allow motion at those levels.
In a cervical disc replacement surgery, your surgeon will remove the unhealthy disk and replace it with the Mobi-C Cervical Disc, eliminating the need for bone spacers, plastic implants or screws. While both cervical disc replacement and fusion surgeries replace the damaged disc and try to match a healthy disc height to help un-trap any nerves, only the Mobi-C helps to maintain your natural neck movement and fits entirely within the disc space.