Cervical disc replacement
The natural cervical intervertebral disc is an amazing mechanical structure from an engineering perspective. It has the ability to absorb a large compressive load while still providing an impressive range of motion between the bones in the neck.
Duplicating the natural disc's form and function with a synthetic (or artificial) disc is challenging. However, several artificial cervical discs have been developed and are available as a surgical option for patients with symptomatic cervical disc problems.
An artificial cervical disc is a device inserted between two vertebrae in the neck to replace a damaged disc.
The intent of the artificial disc is to preserve motion at the disc space. It is an alternative to the commonly performed anterior cervical discectomy and fusion a surgical procedure that is designed to address the pathology by eliminating motion at the diseased disc level.