During this procedure, Dr. Soldevilla removes the injured disc and replaces it with an artificial disc. Dr. Soldevilla uses the Mobi-C® artificial disc, which is designed to replicate the natural motion of the cervical spine in order to preserve range of motion in that area of the neck. Mobi-C is designed as an option to disc fusion, which limits the neck’s range of motion.
Mobi-C’s mobile core slides and rotates inside the disc, self-adjusting to the patient’s cervical spine’s movements. This means that Mobi-C can react to the normal motion in the cervical spine.
Dr. Soldevilla typically performs this surgery for patients who have cervical disc herniation or cervical degenerative disc disease that causes chronic neck and/or arm pain that hasn’t been relieved from non-surgical treatments.
Through this type of surgery, you:
- Maintain normal motion in the neck
- Have no complication or issues sometimes associated with a bone graft or fusion
- Have a reduced chance of degenerative disc disease in adjacent cervical joints
The procedure is designed to relieve the pressure on your spinal cord or nerves that are causing the pain, numbness, and weakness that can radiate to your shoulder, arm, and hand.
Dr. Soldevilla performs the Mobi-C total disc replacement through a small incision on the neck. After he removes the damaged disc, he will smooth away any bone spurs and then place and anchor the Mobi-C artificial disc in the empty space that is left. Dr. Soldevilla then closes the incision and covers it with a dressing.
You will then be moved to a recovery room where you will be monitored for the next few hours. After you have recovered, you will be sent home with post-op instructions. Dr. Soldevilla may also recommend you wear a soft collar for a short period of time to add support to your neck.