Artificial Cervical Discs
The intervertebral discs of the neck, or cervical spine, are remarkable natural structures. They provide a wide range of motion for the neck, the most mobile part of the spine, and absorb a large load from the weight of the head.
Sometimes, though, the cervical discs become irreparably worn down or damaged and in these cases a patient can benefit enormously from having the damaged or diseased disc replaced.
Cervical Disc Replacement – What is it?
An artificial cervical disc is a synthetic (man-made) device which is inserted between the neck vertebrae (bones) to replace a damaged disc. It preserves motion in the disc space which would otherwise be lost, and is a very good alternative to removing the disc and fusing the spine. (Spinal fusion removes all possibility of motion at the level of the diseased disc).