As spinal structures degenerate, they may cause back pain or neck pain, limiting function and decreasing quality of life. Total Disc Replacement (TDR, also called artificial disc) surgery is one of the latest advancements in spine surgery. Replacing the disc removes the cause of pain while preserving natural motion.
Total disc replacement is recommended only after extensive conservative therapies have failed to significantly provide pain relief. The surgeon makes an incision in the front of the neck. The contents of the neck are gently retracted, enabling the front part of the spine to be seen. Fluoroscopy is used to determine the correct level(s) before the disc material is removed and the artificial disc is inserted.
Cervical Total Disc Replacement (TDR) is performed for the treatment of herniated disc, painful disc degeneration, radicular syndrome and other cervical spine problems.