Age, genetics, and everyday wear and tear caused by routine activities can contribute to damage and degeneration of cervical discs – the small cushion of cartilage located between two vertebrae or bone segments that serve as the spine’s shock absorbers. Unlike, the current standard of surgical treatment which involves removing the damaged disc that cushions the spine then fusing the bones together, the SECURE-C artificial disc allows motion. Surgeons at Doctors Hospital implant it first by removing the damaged disc from the neck, then fitting an artificial one to take its place in the patient’s spine. Once the new, artificial disc is placed between the vertebrae, the metal plates of the disc can be seen with X-ray. Doctors Hospital is one of the 20 centers nationwide participating in an FDA controlled, randomized clinical trial to provide this potential alternative to spinal fusion, thus potentially alleviating neck pain and improving mobility and function.
Read about an area patient among the first in the state to receive the artificial disk from the Spine Center at Doctors Hospital Human Motion Institute.
- By Your Side: Winter 2007 (PDF) (story on page 4)