About Artificial Discs

Patients may choose artificial disc replacement because it is designed to maintain motion and flexibility in the neck. The Medtronic Prestige® Cervical Disc, for example, replaces the entire damaged disc, helping to relieve painful symptoms.

More than 200,000 surgeries are performed each year to relieve compression on the spinal cord or nerve roots in the neck. Currently, the most common form of surgery for treating degenerative conditions in the neck is a spinal fusion. Today, artificial discs for the spine provide a new treatment option.

What Is an Artificial Disc?

Artificial disc replacement is designed to maintain motion in the neck for patients suffering from the symptoms of a degenerated disc or an acute unresolved herniated disc.

Benefits and Risks

Designed to maintain motion, artificial discs offer an alternative to spinal fusion, a procedure that fuses, or creates a bond between, two or more adjacent vertebrae, ideally stabilizing the spine and providing pain relief. The benefits of artificial disc replacement surgery, however, should be weighed against the risks.

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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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