Frequently Asked Questions

How is the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc implanted? Is it a familiar technique?

Dr. Robert Pashman Dr. Robert Pashman
Los Angeles, CA
The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is implanted using the same surgical procedure as an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. However, instead of using bone graft for a fusion, an artificial disc is placed between the vertebrae.
Dr. Michael Neuwirth Dr. Michael Neuwirth
New York, NY
The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is implanted through an incision in the front of the neck, which provides direct access to the disc space. It is a familiar technique, as this is the same approach used to treat cervical disc herniation through an anterior cervical fusion, which was the standard approach for many years.
Dr. Todd Lanman Dr. Todd Lanman
Los Angeles, CA
The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is implanted through the front of the neck with a small incision. It is the exact same approach surgery that we use for the neck fusion operation where the disc is removed, the bone spurs and herniated disc material are gently shaved off through a microscope. This relieves pressure off of the spinal cord and nerve roots. At this point the operative procedure changes, where we would normally put a graft of material inside the disc space, now with the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc, we can put an artificial disc in its place.
Dr. Rick Sasso Dr. Rick Sasso
Indianapolis, IN
It is implanted through a standard anterior approach to the cervical spine and it is a familiar technique for spine surgeons.
Dr. Vincent Traynelis Dr. Vincent Traynelis
Iowa City, IA
The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is implanted using a technique that is similar to performing a fusion. This is a common operation familiar to all surgeons who treat cervical spinal disorders.
Dr. Paul Broadstone Dr. Paul Broadstone
Chattanooga, TN
The device is implanted through an incision along the left side of the front (anterior) of the neck. The approach to the anterior spine is the same as that currently being used for anterior disc fusions and treatment of a herniated disc with nerve root compression.
Dr. Praveen Mummaneni Dr. Praveen Mummaneni
San Francisco, CA
It is implanted through a standard, front-of-the-neck approach, just like anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. It is a very common technique for spine surgeons.
Dr. Rebecca Stachniak Dr. Rebecca Stachniak
Plano, TX
The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is implanted using a similar technique as an anterior discectomy with fusion (ACDF), a procedure that has been done successfully for many years. Cervical spine surgeons will be very familiar with this technique.
Dr. Brett Taylor Dr. Brett Taylor
St. Louis, MO
The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is implanted in a fashion very similar to standard cervical fusion. This exposure is quite familiar to surgeons and the technique itself is very similar to the technique of placing a biomechanical device for fusion in the cervical spine. In our practice, we also partially decompress the uncinate process which is a portion of the vertebral body adjacent to the exiting nerve root. We have found that decompressing this structure offers improvement in radicular symptoms. This aspect of disc arthroplasty surgery is not always a component of standard fusion surgery by all surgeons. Overall the procedure in regard to a time factor takes about the same amount of time as a cervical fusion.
Dr. Jeffrey Carlson Dr. Jeffrey Carlson
Newport News, VA
The disc replacement is implanted through an incision on the front of the neck.
Dr. Todd Bonvallet Dr. Todd Bonvallet
Chattanooga, TN
The artificial disc is implanted in nearly an identical fashion as an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). The disc is removed in an identical fashion. The endplates are prepared in a very similar fashion and the device is anchored to the vertebral bodies in a similar fashion as an anterior cervical plate. I have found very little difference in implantation of an artificial disc as compared to an anterior cervical discectomy.
Dr. Kenneth Burkus Dr. Kenneth Burkus
Columbus, GA
Yes, the surgical approach is exactly the same as what we currently use for fusion. And with that it is easier for a surgeon to determine at the time of surgery if he is going to do a fusion or a disc arthroplasty. If he has to abandon the disc arthroplasty he's burned no bridges, he can go ahead with the fusion. So, he can determine up to the very last instant exactly which procedure he will do.

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