Artificial Disc Replacement
An artificial disc offers an alternative to spinal fusion and is designed to maintain the motion and flexibility while replacing a diseased disc that is removed from a patient’s neck.
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.
When non-surgical therapies fail to provide relief from acute disc herniation, Dr. Moza, a Calabasas neurosurgeon, may recommend spine surgery. The goal of surgery is to remove all or part of the damaged disc through a procedure called a Discectomy to relieve the pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord, which is also known as a decompression and restores spinal stability and alignment after the disc has been removed.
Traditionally, a spinal fusion has been the gold standard for surgically treating a disc herniation or degenerative disc disease. Using bone grafts and instrumentation, such as metal plates and screws, this procedure fuses, or creates a bond between, two adjacent vertebrae. This will ideally stabilize the spine segment and provide pain relief.
This procedure has been successful in many patients. However, spinal fusion results in loss of motion and flexibility in the treated vertebral segment. As an alternative to spinal fusion, Dr. Moza, a Camarillo neurosurgeon, may recommend a surgical procedure called artificial disc replacement. This is a type of joint replacement procedure, or arthroplasty that involves inserting an artificial disc into the intervertebral space after a natural cervical 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) just like a natural disc.