Cervical Disc Replacement is here

Minimally invasive alternative to spinal fusion preserves full motion.

Dr. Stanford Tack has extensive clinical experience with cervical disk arthroplasty and his pioneering novel applications of this technology to patients with complications related to previous cervical fusion surgery. Cervical disk replacement is currently FDA approved as an alternative to fusion for single level disk surgery. Clinical trials to date have shown superior short and intermediate-term outcomes for disk replacement versus fusion. The potential for avoidance of additional future surgery above and below fused portions of the spine as a promising long-term benefit of disk replacement. Dr. Tack has performed multiple disk replacements in patients with disk deterioration above and below previous fusions with excellent short and intermediate-term outcomes which appear to exceed the results seen with traditional extension of fusions.

Beyond preservation of natural motion in the treated segments of the cervical spine, theoretic benefits of disk replacement may include avoidance of adjacent disk breakdown requiring treatment which is seen in up to 25% of fusion patients within 10 years of their first surgery. The risks and surgical complications associated with disk replacement are identical to those seen with traditional fusion surgery. Most disk replacement procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Cervical collars are not required after surgery and patients can resume normal daily activities as soon as their comfort levels allow. Ninety percent of Dr. Tack’s disk replacement patients return to full work activities within 6 weeks, with many returning within 2 weeks of their procedure. Long-term follow up of patients treated by Dr. Tack have demonstrated durable results with no implants removed or demonstrating clinical deterioration.


ProDisc -SAS Journal 2010

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Cervical Disc Replacement

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