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The spine surgeons of The Maryland Spine Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offer cervical disc replacement surgery (artificial disc replacement) for patients with degenerative disc disease or disc herniation in the cervical spine (neck area). The procedure may be used as an alternative to traditional spinal fusion.
Spinal discs act as small cushions between the stacked bones of the spine (called vertebrae). They also aid in the flexibility and movement of the spinal column.
As a result of the natural aging process or trauma from an accident, the spinal discs can become weak and tear. This is known as degenerative disc disease. Part of the disc may bulge and and pinch a nerve or the spinal cord (called disc herniation) causing pain, weakness or tingling in the arms and hands.
To reduce pain and restore mobility spine surgeons can insert an artificial implant into the cervical spine (neck area) to replace the affected disc. The surgical procedure to replace the diseased disc in the cervical spine is known as cervical disc replacement surgery.
Cervical disc replacement surgery allows for more natural motion within the neck and, for some patients, may be an alternative to spinal fusion, in which two vertebrae are united into one piece.
During surgery, a small incision is made in the front side of the neck to expose the area of the spine in need of repair. The damaged disc is removed.
The surgeon will then replace the empty space between the vertebrae with the implant consisting of a plastic bearing sandwiched between two metal plates. The bone on either side will eventually grow over and around the plates.
Patients with persistent symptoms caused by disc herniation and degenerative disc disease may be candidates for cervical disc replacement surgery.
Patients with disc herniation and degenerative disc disease may experience:
A thorough examination and consultation with an experienced spine surgeon at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy will help determine if artificial disc replacement is the best course of treatment for your condition.
The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, features some of the best spine experts of the Mid-Atlantic region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex spine disorders, including scoliosis, osteoarthritis, stenosis, degenerative disc disease and spondylolisthesis. Our doctors at The Maryland Spine Center work with each patient to determine the most effective and minimally invasive treatments available while offering an atmosphere of care and support. Mercy Medical Center is proud to have been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery.
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