In 2007, the FDA approved the first artificial disk for cervical spine use. As the first practice to implant these disks in the region, several of our patients have done very well. The initial procedure is similar to an ACDF – it involves removal of the problem-causing disk, replacement with the artificial disk, and immediate mobilization. The big advantage is being able to keep motion at this level, and most activities can be resumed immediately. Hospital stay is similar to an ACDF. More insurance companies are allowing this procedure since FDA approval, and so far, the results in patient improvement have been quite good.
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