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Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

Artificial cervical disc replacement – by preserving the natural motion of the spine – is revolutionizing spine surgery and becoming a preferred alternative to spinal fusion.

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Spinal Fusion vs. Cervical Disc Surgery

Neck and arm pain is often the result of cervical disc degeneration, a condition in which a vertebral disc in the neck has deteriorated or been damaged due to the natural aging process or injury. This process can pinch or compress the spinal cord or nerves. Flattening or loss of disc height, ruptured discs, and bone spurs are all examples of cervical disc degeneration that create pain or discomfort in the neck.

What is spinal fusion?

Spinal fusion surgery has been the traditional treatment for hundreds of thousands of patients hoping to find relief from the intense and debilitating back and neck pain caused by disc degeneration.

With fusion, the patient’s damaged disc is removed, not replaced. Bone is harvested from the patient’s hip or from a bone bank and used to fill the space between the vertebrae. Because the vertebrae become locked in place, fusion can restrict movement and lead to further disc herniation.

Benefits of Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery include:

  • An artificial disc in the neck or back, in principle, is designed to retain motion in that particular segment of the spine.
  • It prevents degeneration of disc levels above and below the affected disc
  • There is no bone graft required
  • There can be a quicker recovery and return to work or activity
  • It can be a less invasive and less painful surgery than a fusion
    There can be less blood loss during surgery

The M6-C device is the only artificial cervical disc that mimics the structure and movement of a natural disc. To date, more than 55,000 patients worldwide have received the M6-C disc.

Understanding Lumbar Disc Replacement vs. Cervical Disc Replacement

After nearly 70 years of innovation, the newest devices used in cervical disc replacement are both safer and more effective.

RI Surgeon Performing Breakthrough Surgery for Cervical Disc Degeneration

Dr. Dominic Thomas Kleinhenz recently began implanting the M6-C™ artificial cervical disc into patients suffering from cervical disc degeneration – which is a common cause of neck pain and radiating arm pain. 

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