Severe back and neck pain may be caused by a number of factors including, but not limited to, sprains and strains, torn ligaments, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, and disc degeneration. One of the most common causes of severe back and neck pain is cervical disc disease, a condition characterized by the degeneration of the discs between the vertebral bones in the neck.
Traditional Spine Fusion
In previous years, patients suffering from symptomatic cervical disc disease were treated through various surgical methods, including cervical fusion and discectomy procedures. These traditional procedures for cervical disc disease were designed to eliminate the motion caused by segmental instability, but can increase the likelihood of degeneration in the spinal discs both above and below the fusion. These procedures may also increase the risk of damage to adjacent tissues, bones, and essential structures. However, there is an alternative treatment method designed to address the pain and weakness caused by cervical disc disease without the risk of deterioration to nearby structures.
Total Disc Replacement
Dr. Thomas A. McNally, MD of Suburban Orthopaedics offers a new procedure known as total disc replacement (TDR) to reduce pain and weakness caused by disc disease while preserving the motion of the cervical spine. The TDR procedure utilizes the ProDisc-C implant, which is made from metal endplates and a plastic inlay to form a ball and socket. The plastic ball is attached to the bottom endplate so that the top endplate can still move, providing for proper extension, flexion, axial rotation, and lateral bending. While the recovery time itself is much like that of traditional fusion procedures, the TDR procedure increases the potential for post-surgical movement and reduces the risk of complications.
The best way to determine if total disc replacement surgery is the right solution for your needs is to set up an initial consultation with your Bartlett orthopaedic surgeon or spine specialist. Call the surgeons with Suburban Orthopaedics today at (888) 876-0117 to get started.