Cervical disc replacement from Laser Spine Institute can address many degenerative conditions for Tampa patients
Degeneration of the spine is a naturally occurring process with age. Over time, as the spine is compressed under years of weight gain, stress and repetitive motions, the components of the spine around the discs and joints begin to slowly wear down, leaving the spine susceptible to developing spine conditions and instability.
One of the most important components of the spine is the disc. A disc is found in between each set of vertebrae and is responsible for supporting the vertebrae and offering cushion and proper spacing to allow the vertebrae to bend and move without impacting each other.
Intervertebral discs are composed of approximately 90 percent water in a healthy adult. However, as we age, these discs begin to lose a percentage of this water, causing them to deflate or to flatten and expand. This places an increased amount of pressure on the outside layer of the disc, often causing ripping, bulging or splitting of the outer layer of the disc to occur. When this happens, the inner fluid of the disc could leak out and impact a nerve root in the spinal canal, resulting in pain and discomfort.
If you are experiencing this pain, we encourage you to consult your physician or spine care specialist about the treatment options available to you. Many patients can find relief through conservative therapies, though some patients may be required to undergo spinal fusion in order to find lasting pain relief.
Spinal fusion for a damaged cervical disc
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that the thought of spinal fusion is often scary and frustrating. You may even feel as if you are being cornered into this decision with no other possible treatment option. If you are experiencing these feelings, we encourage you to research our minimally invasive cervical fusion procedure.
Unlike traditional open neck fusion, our minimally invasive cervical fusion is a safer and effective treatment option.^ Our minimally invasive stabilization procedure begins with a small incision in the neck. This minimal incision allows enough room for the surgeon to reach the damaged disc in the spine without disrupting the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. The surgeon will remove the damaged disc, allowing the compressed nerve root that is causing the pain and symptoms to be released.
Once the disc is removed, the surgeon will insert an artificial disc as a replacement, widening the area of the disc to its natural healthy position and allowing the spine to be supported and stabilized.
Conditions treated by minimally invasive cervical disc replacement at Laser Spine Institute
Several conditions can be addressed through the use of the cervical disc replacement, including:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Ruptured discs
- Prolapsed discs
- Collapsed discs
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
These conditions can all cause debilitating pain and symptoms if not addressed. At Laser Spine Institute, we understand the impact pain and symptoms have on day-to-day activities. We are committed to providing excellent spine care treatment to help you recapture your quality of life.
For more information about how our minimally invasive stabilization surgery can help you find pain relief, contact us today.