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Jalisco12 06-26-2012 05:46 PM

artificial cervical disc
Hello everyone,
I am new to the Health Boards and I was wondering if anyone had any info. on artificial cervical disc replacement. I have constant neck pain, had an mri showing a disc bulge. My doctor suggested a fusion at C6-7 but I am aware of the consequences affecting the disc above and below the fusion. Has anyone have an artificial cervical disc replacement procedure? and the type of disc used. I read that the M6-C is very promising as it acts as a natural disc.
Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.

WebDozer 06-26-2012 07:27 PM

Re: artificial cervical disc
From an article on Adjacent Disk Syndrome...

""" Clinically, long-term deterioration after ACDF has been documented in several studies. Hilibrand, et al.,[36] studied 374 patients who had undergone anterior cervical fusion and reported that adjacent-segment degeneration with new radiculopathic symptoms occurred in 2.9% of them per year, with a cumulative rate of 25% in a 10-year period. Two thirds of these patients required additional cervical fusion surgeries."""

What does that tell you?

Jalisco12 06-26-2012 08:48 PM

Re: artificial cervical disc
Hi WebDozer thanks for the response
Any info on artificial disc results and types? I am really hesitant on surgery but would hate to do irreversible damage.

WebDozer 06-26-2012 09:29 PM

Re: artificial cervical disc
Sorry, I'm not the one to ask about artificial disks. I do know that it was an idea that for a while was considered as not living up to its original promise, but maybe it has improved now.

Is for damage from a C6-7 ACDF with a donor bone, I think you would lose very little range of motion. As for Adjacent Disk Syndrome, that's why I posted the extract. At first, it looks like an argument supporting ADS, but when you read more carefully, it almost looks like an argument against.

Mary.T 07-03-2012 11:47 AM

Re: artificial cervical disc
Hi there, I had a 2 level ADR surgery done 7 years ago at levels C5/6 and C6/7. I see my neurosurgeon here in the UK once a year for a check up, and last saw him in June. I have very good flexion in my neck and a good range of movement. The disc used for me were made by Cervitech in the US and are called the PCM disc (porous coated motion).I am now starting to get some neck ache and headache, but 7 years on I suppose I am ageing and discs above and below would be ageing a bit ! The major problem immediately after my surgery was swallowing, this was difficult and lasted quite a while, and then all settled down. If you have any more questions you would like to ask please message me.
Kind regards,

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