Cervical Disc replacement is an option for people who have herniated discs in the neck or bone spurs, degenerative disc disease or severe arthritis. It is typically done for patients with cervical disc herniations that have not responded to non-surgical treatment options and are significantly affecting the quality of life and ability to function.
Diagnostic procedures may include the following:
Depending on the location of the herniation the following symptoms may occur:
ache in the lower back
sciatica - pain that travels through the buttocks and down a leg to the ankle or foot
pain in the front of the thigh
leg pain occurring in one leg
Pain from a herniated disc may:
may be constant or intermittent
may get worse when sneezing, coughing
may be aggravated by sitting, prolonged standing, and bending or twisting movements
may be relieved by walking, lying down, and other positions that relax the spine and decrease pressure on the damaged disc
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease:
low back pain that worsens when seated
back pain that worsens when bending, twisting and lifting
pain that is alleviated by lying down
An artificial disc is inserted in the space between two vertebrae. The goal is to replace the diseased or damaged disc while keeping your normal neck motion. Disc replacement can be done instead of fusing the neck and losing neck motion.
Charite Artificial Disc Replacement
Approximately 80 percent of the population will have low back pain at some point in their lives. While very few have a serious medical problem that requires surgery, those who do are now benefiting from a surgical approach that has been used to combat degenerative knee and hip conditions.
Known by some as a ‘bionic back,’ the Charite Artificial Disc™ is an alternative to spinal fusion for patients who have one diseased disc in the lumbar area of the spine. It is the first and only FDA approved artificial disc in the United States today.
The technique is performed by only a small number of surgeons in southeastern Michigan. Miles Singer, D.O., a spine surgeon at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital recently performed the surgery on Kim Kuiper, 39, of Novi, replacing her worn out spinal disc with the high tech substitute.
Kuiper, who had been plagued by back problems since her teen years, was up and walking just one day after surgery. “I am very happy with how this turned out,” said Kuiper. “I am looking forward to getting back to exercising and riding my bike.
Singer says a quicker response time is to be expected with the Charite Artificial Disc™. Patients leave the hospital within 24–48 hours as opposed to traditional lumbar fusion, which requires a stay of up to five days. Invented in Europe, the device helps restore the natural distance between the two vertebrae, which can allow movement.
“This is a breakthrough in non-fusion technology,” explains Singer. “It offers an innovative surgical option for patients with degenerative disc disease and related conditions.”
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