For select patients needing cervical spine surgery, cervical arthroplasty (placement of an artificial cervical disc) has advantages over traditional fusion.
Since disc arthroplasty does not reduce motion in the neck, there is a lower risk of developing wear and tear at the other levels of your neck (adjacent segment disease) in the future. But disc arthroplasty is not for every patient- I discuss with my patients why they are, or are not, candidates for cervical disc replacement
I have performed disc arthroplasty since 2002 as part of several FDA trials, and have presented this research at national meetings
Wright, N.M., W.S. Edwards, C.S. Theofilos, R. Garcia, and L.L. Thibodeau. Two year results from five IDE sites: CerviCore intervertebral disc vs. fusion. 2010 AANS/CNS Spine Section annual meeting, 2/10.
Garcia, R., Wright, N.M., Gratch, M., and Fishgrund, J.. Cervicore Disc Replacement vs. Fusion: One-Year Outcomes from Four US IDE Study Sites. 2009 CSRS annual meeting, 12/09.
Wright, N.M., Abitbol, J.J., Baldwin, N.G., and Youssef, J.A.. CerviCore disc replacement vs. fusion for single-level cervical radiculopathy: one-year outcomes from four study sites in a prospective randomized controlled trial. 2009 AANS/CNS Spine Section annual meeting, 3/09.
Wright, N.M., Garcia, R., Gratch, M.J., and Fischgrund, J.S.. CerviCore disc replacement vs fusion for cervical nerve root compression: clinical and radiographic outcomes from a prospective, randomized, multicenter trial. 2008 AANS/CNS Spine Section annual meeting, 2/08.