Cervical Artificial Disc
The use of an artificial disk to replace your natural cervical disk is a new type of treatment that has recently been approved by the FDA. Disk replacement surgery may have the advantage of allowing more movement and creating less stress on your remaining vertebrae than traditional cervical disk surgery.
To be considered a candidate for an artificial cervical disc, you must meet the following specific criteria:
- Disc degeneration in one or two cervical spine discs that are herniating and compressing nerve roots causing arm pain
- Failed conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, pain medication or neck bracing, without showing improvement
- Overall good health with no signs of infection, osteoporosis, arthritis or osteomalacia
- No known allergies to metals