In a healthy adult, intervertebral discs are composed of approximately 90 percent water. During the natural aging and degeneration process, these discs lose a portion of their water mass. This causes the discs to deflate, placing increased pressure on the outer layer of disc material. This can cause bulging or herniation to occur. The cervical disc replacement is used in order to remove the damaged disc, while inserting an artificial replacement.
During the procedure, the surgeon enters the impacted area through a small incision. Through this incision, the surgeon will remove the damaged disc, releasing the compression that may have been placed on surrounding nerve roots or the spinal cord. The surgeon will then insert an artificial disc as a replacement, ensuring that the area is maintained, while not limiting the patient’s overall mobility.
Once the procedure is finished, the surgeon will remove the surgical equipment, allowing the muscles to return to their natural position. Generally, patients are monitored for two hours postoperatively before being cleared to return to their hotel for the evening.
Laser Spine Institute also specializes in a number of additional minimally invasive procedures to treat a variety of other conditions. These include facet thermal ablation, foraminotomy, discectomy, laminotomy, Decompression with Interlaminar Stabilization™ Device, RegenaDISC®, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF), anterior cervical discectomy fusion (ACDF), and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF).