Zachariah M. George, M.D., a neurosurgeon affiliated with NSPC, is one of the first physicians in the greater metropolitan New York area to be certified in the use of a new, cutting-edge cervical disc replacement surgery technique involving the Mobi-C artificial spinal disc.
This revolutionary new cervical disc replacement surgery offers a number of benefits over spinal fusion+ procedures, which are currently considered standard procedure for those suffering from degenerative conditions affecting the spinal cord and discs. It offers a number of significant and distinct benefits over fusion:
Suitable For Use At One Or Two Levels – The Mobi-C artificial cervical disc replacement surgery is the first surgical technique suitable for use at not one, but two levels of the spine. This is a revolutionary development for patients who suffer from certain types of cervical or spinal issues or diseases.
Greater Range Of Motion Post-Surgery– A stunning 96% of patients who experienced Mobi-C artificial disc replacement were able to demonstrate four total degrees of motion when moving their head back and forth, representing a substantial improvement over results from spinal fusion procedures.
Lower Risk Of Complications – Major complications from Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery occur at less than half the rate they do in traditional spinal fusion procedures, and twice as many Mobi-C patients still considered their initial operation a success compared to fusion or plate patients at the two-year mark. Incidence of second surgery required falls from 11.4% to just 3.1%.
Mobi-C cervical disc is an artificial disc that can replace a worn or degenerative disc. This surgery helps provide both lateral and vertical range of motion along with maintaining neck rotation. This differs from spinal fusion surgery, when two of the vertebrae are fused together with hardware, which constricts the neck’s range of motion. The Mobi-C cervical disc hardware consists of two alloy endplates specially coated and a plastic center insert. Read more about the Mobi-C Cervical Disc and it’s components.
Candidates for Mobi-C Cervical Disc Replacement surgery will have already tried more conservative treatment approaches such as medication and physical therapy. Patients also need to have a skeletally mature spine; if the patient is a growing adolescent, then waiting until bones are fully developed is necessary.
Cervical disc replacement can be used to treat various cervical neck issues:
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