The M6-C artificial cervical device is an innovative treatment option for patients diagnosed with Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Degeneration, or Degenerative Disc Disease. The M6-C is among the newest most artificial cervical disc designs. The technically advanced novel construction consists of an artificial outer ring of strong movable fiber that mimics the native annulus fibrosus; an artificial central elastic nucleus that emulates the nucleus pulposus, and two interconnected titanium plates that hold the disc together. Together, the combination recreates the natural controlled range of motion of a physical cervical disc.
The M6-C artificial cervical disc is a new option for certain patients in need of disc replacement. Its complex structure closely parallels an actual cervical disc to allow a patient’s neck to return to near natural mobility. Unlike cervical fusion, which fuses two vertebrae together and thus restricting mobility, the M6-C will allow the neck to move backward and forward, side to side, rotate right and left, and move up and down. It is the only artificial cervical disc with a gel-like nucleus and a fiber outer ring that replicate the range of motion and provide the shock absorbency of a natural disc.
The M6-C can be an excellent treatment option for patients afflicted with cervical radiculopathy and cervical myelopathy. Compared in clinical trials to ACDF, the results were significantly better in all but two out of 15 of metrics compared.
As with ACDF, the surgical procedure required for installation of the M6-C is an involved and exacting procedure to be performed by a well-qualified and experienced surgeon. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. An approximately one inch incision is placed in the front of the neck, through which the spine will be accessed for the removal of the injured, diseased or degenerated disc; and for the secure placement of the brand new M6-C. The small incision is then closed with a plastic surgery-type skin closure. The surgery is followed by a period of healing and recovery whereupon one can return to their normal work, familial and recreational activities. Patients will be carefully guided through all points of post procedural care by our dedicated, experienced spine team.
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