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Total Disc Replacement - Cervical [OLD]

Neck and Cervical Spine Anatomy

What is Cervical Disc Replacement (Total Disc Arthroplasty)?

Cervical Disc Replacement, also known as Total Disc Arthroplasty or Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR), is a motion preserving surgical procedure that address cervical disc damage and pain. During the surgery, your damaged disc is replaced with a new disc device.

4 Advantages of Cervical Disc Replacement over a Spinal Fusion

  • Motion Preservation:  Unlike spinal fusion, which restricts movement by fusing adjacent vertebrae, disc replacement allows for neck to have a full range of motion including circling and swiveling
  • Reduced Recovery Time: A shorter recovery period means that you can return to your daily activities sooner.
  • Minimized Discomfort: This minimally invasive spinal surgery results in reduced post-surgery discomfort.
  • Limits Future Spinal Issues: Disc replacement decreases the risk of adjacent segment degeneration, a risk associated with spinal fusion. 

Prodisc C Cervical Disc Replacement

The vertebral bodies encase the spinal cord to provide protection. When stacked on top of each other, they form the spinal column which provides stability for the head and upper body. The spinal cord and the nerve exits are located within the spinal canal.

The intervertebral discs are located between the vertebral bodies. These discs cushion shock forces, acting as “shock absorbers”. The discs in conjunction with the vertebral joints facilitate motion by turning, stretching and bending of the neck.

prodisc C Total Disc Replacement

The treatment goal of the prodisc C Total Disc Replacement is to restore the normal dynamic function of the spine and to significantly reduce pain.

The function of the spine is restored through the mechanism of action of the device.  Pain reduction is achieved through the re-establishment of the disc height, and maintained by the prosthesis. The increase in height and the elimination of the herniated disc “opens” constricted nerve paths and the vertebral joints are restored to their physiological position.

Prior to the development of artificial discs the only surgical option was a fusion, in which adjacent vertebral bodies are “fused together” permanently using implants, bone chips and/or cages. The goal of prodisc C is to maintain mobility at the affected intervertebral disc and to reduce the extra loading on the adjacent intervertebral discs.

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The Most Studied TDR System In The World

Beginning with clinical usage in 1990, the prodisc design has been validated with over 250,000 device implantations worldwide and more than 540 published papers.

determined safe & effective for intractable SCDD

The prodisc C Total Disc Replacement has been determined to be safe and effective in the treatment of intractable symptomatic cervical disc disease (SCDD) at one level from C3 to C7.

The prodisc C Total Disc Replacement surgery is intended to:

• Remove the diseased disc
• Restore normal disc height
• Decompress surrounding neural structures
• Maintain Spinal Balance and Motion
• Decelerate Adjacent Level Reoperations
• Accelerate the resumption of activities of daily living
• Improve patient function

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