Our spine surgeons at Summit are at the forefront of advancements in the design of implants, tools to better diagnose the source of back pain, and surgical techniques. One exciting surgical option available at Summit is cervical disc arthroplasty disc replacement surgery.
What is disc replacement surgery?
Cervical disc arthroplasty, sometimes known as Mobi-C surgery, is a very specialized disc replacement surgery designed to replace damaged discs in the neck (cervical spine) while preserving natural range of motion and function, and providing a shorter postsurgical recovery. This procedure removes the diseased spinal disc pad between the bones and replaces it with a mechanical disc device that mimics the function of the disc.
Few surgeons nationwide are certified to perform this complicated procedure. Summit’s spine team was the first in the Midwest to perform the Mobi-C two-level cervical disc replacement procedure.
How does disc replacement compare to spinal fusion surgery?
Historically, spinal fusion surgery has been considered the “gold standard” for treating back pain when nonsurgical methods cease to be effective. This procedure fuses two or more vertebrae together in the spine, preventing the two fused vertebrae from moving separately. Fusion surgery can improve back pain, but the patient loses mobility in the part of the spine that is fused.
In additional to preserving range of motion in the spine, a disc replacement procedure may also improve long-term surgical outcomes compared to traditional fusion procedures.
Patients undergoing fusion surgery do well for about five years following surgery. Beyond five years, some patients experience deterioration of the discs above and/or below the fused discs. With disc replacement surgery, we are seeing a lower rate of adjacent disc deterioration after five years.
At Summit, total disc replacements utilizing advanced devices like Mobi-C are among the highly specialized procedures we offer our patients to improve outcomes, preserve range of motion, and restore the function that enables you to enjoy the greatest quality of life.
When you have pain caused by a pinched nerve, it can be challenging to evaluate your treatment options. Although nonsurgical treatment is effective for 90 percent of spine pain, there are some specific conditions that are best treated by surgery.
Advances in medicine have increased options for patients considering an elective surgical procedure. Summit surgeon Dr. Nick Wills explains how to weigh the choice between a surgery center and a hospital.
Time is not kind to the discs in our spine. Fortunately, most of us do not experience pain as our discs become less flexible over the years. When disc degeneration is accompanied by painful symptoms, Dr. Santos walks us through the medical evaluation we can expect.