Artificial disc replacement is designed to maintain motion and flexibility in the cervical and lumbar spine for patients suffering from the symptoms of a degenerative disc.
An artificial disc is a prosthetic device inserted between the vertebrae to replace a natural spinal disc and replaces the entire damaged disc, helping to relieve painful symptoms. The device is designed to preserve mobility within the disc space and throughout the treated vertebral segment. It is designed to function like a joint, providing motion (flexion, extension, side bending, and rotation) and alignment (height and curvature) of a natural disc.
Currently, the most common form of surgery for treating degenerative conditions in the neck or spine is a spinal fusion. Today, artificial discs for the spine provide a new treatment option.