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what is an artificial disc

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Slosar
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Mostly metal: The are several different materials but usually it is a combination of metal and plastic.
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Plastic and metal: Metal is chrome cobalt or polyethylene to specific.
Dr. Robert Masson
32 years experience Neurosurgery
PDc and mobi c: The two dominant artificial discs, prodisc c and mobi c are both made of cobalt chrome and high molecular weight polyethylene.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Discectomy: Once the surgical approach to the disc is completed, a typical artificial disc surgery involves removal of the disc cartilage to prepare for the impl ... Read More
Dr. Robert Masson
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Video: See video http://youtu.Be/-zwtq3ulld8.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Keeps motion: The benefits of successful disk replacement include preservation of motion of the spine, no stress on the adjacement disk spaces, and avoidance of fus ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
The same as a fusion: If you have been indicated for a total disc replacement, the results have been shown to be equal to that of a spinal fusion in the properly indicated ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Levine
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Several have been approved by the fda including but limited to charitÉ™ artificial disc, prodisc®-l total disc replacement, and prestige® cervical dis ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
28 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Motion: There are pros/cons of both procedures, but they both should alleviate cervical disc related radiculopathy and have basically the same surgical risks. ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
17 years experience General Practice
Consult with surgeon: Consult with your surgeon about the procedure and the risk and benefit of the procedure and whether there are alternative treatments. Good luck. Wishi ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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FDA Trial 7 year f/u: Cervical Disc Arthroplasty has been investigated with a 7 year follow up in the FDA Investigational Device Exemption Study, published in the Journal o ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Levine
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Usually Pain Less: Usually you pain in lessened, that is, after the recover from the surgery. But this question is best answered by the spine surgeon who is suggesting t ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Armstrong
26 years experience Neurosurgery
Like a fusion: Similar to a disk fusion, access to the spine is from the front. The disk is removed, the vertebrae are prepared and the disk replacement is placed in ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Disc Replacement: In my experience disc replacement is best done when you have pure back pain. You would also do best when there is only disc degeneration or a containe ... Read More
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