Artificial disc replacement

A rapidly developing alternative to spinal fusion surgery, artificial disc replacement is a procedure that involves replacing a painful disc that is causing chronic back pain with an artificial disc that provides pain relief without compromising the spine’s natural anatomical structure.

Artificial disc replacement surgery may be performed on the lower back (lumbar spine) or the neck (cervical spine). Artificial discs are structurally similar to the damaged discs that are replaced and share similar functions, including acting as shock absorbers in the back or neck.

  • An artificial cervical disc is a device inserted between two cervical vertebrae after an intervertebral disc has been surgically removed
  • Artificial discs are designed to preserve motion at the disc space, offering more motility and faster recovery than fusion
  • Used as an alternative to the use of bone grafts, plates and screws
  • May be recommended in place of anterior cervical discectomy and fusion