What is a Cervical Disk Replacement?

What is a Cervical Disk Replacement?
Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina demonstrates how a cervical disc replacement work using models. Dr. Albright explains why a cervical disc replacement is better than fusion and how it preserves motion in the neck. For …

Dr. Dan Albright, an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina demonstrates how a cervical disc replacement work using models. Dr. Albright explains why a cervical disc replacement is better than fusion and how it preserves motion in the neck.

For more information, contact Dr. Dan Albright at 919-863-6808.

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Transcription of video:

Hello. What is a Cervical Disc Replacement? My name is Dr. Dan Albright. I’m an orthopedic spine surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

So, what is a cervical disc replacement? That’s newer technology that’s pretty exciting. It’s a piece of metal and plastic that replaces
the disc and continues proper motion, natural motion in your neck.

First, let me show you some anatomy here. This is a cervical spine model and the disc is the part between the bones
like a tire, it’s like a cushion and that’s where motion occurs in addition to the set joints in the back. And the disc is pretty important. And shown here is the gold standard. A little piece of history – this is a fusion device which is still an important
part of what we do as spine surgeons, but the fusion device limits motion. There is no motion at the disc. And what I’m excited about now is preserving motion.

We replace hips, hip replacement, we preserve motion.
Knee replacement, shoulder, elbow replacements, ankle and wrist replacements we will preserve motion. Motion is natural. So,
when you fuse that’s not natural. You worry about other discs wearing out extra, with extra stress when you fuse.

So a disc replacement – first for the sake of clarity, this is
a lumbar disc replacement, which I have done several of over the years, and that preserves motion. There’s no fusion. You can see how that works. Lumbar spine’s much bigger and actually more complicated. Everything in the neck is scaled down. The size is much smaller. This is a model here. The same idea. You don’t have hardware on the front of the spine which is appealing. You don’t have this big plate, four screws. You’ve got less metal, less hardware and normal motion. Nearly normal motion. That’s one example.

This is the disc replacement I now use and it’s very simple. It’s easier than doing a fusion. Patients wake up after surgery. They start moving. There’s no neck brace. There’s no stiffness. It’s a…you’re replicating nature. You’re reproducing what your neck is supposed to do which is move.

So it’s a newer technology that I am real excited by because it’s getting us close to nature and we’re not taking away motion. So, there are reasons to have this done such as disc herniation, arm pain, nerve pain, spinal cord problems and preserving motion is the name of the game as far as I’m concerned. There is some good science to support that.

If you’d like to know more, I’m happy to talk to you. My website is danalbrightmd.com. And appointments line is 919- 863-6808. Thanks.