The Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement procedure is designed to relieve the pain caused by pinched nerves due to a damaged disc in the cervical spine. The diseased or damaged disc will be replaced with a specialized implant.
To insert the implant, the surgeon first creates a small incision in the front of the neck to gain access to the spine and the damaged disc is removed. The surfaces of the vertebral bodies are cleared of all damaged disc tissue and shaped to accept the implant. The artificial disc is inserted into the space between the vertebrae and carefully tapped into place. The endplates are designed to bond tightly to the vertebral bodies, stabilizing the spine.
Another possible treatment includes a spinal fusion procedure that uses a metal plate to connect the vertebrae above and below the removed disc.