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CERVICAL DISC REPLACEMENT

Dr. Eric Elowitz has participated in a National Multicenter Trial of Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement.

Generally, a cervical fusion is performed at the time of cervical discectomy to prevent disc space collapse and instability. This requires a bone graft, either from the patient or a bone bank, and often a titanium plate. A recent major innovation is the development of artificial cervical discs to replace the disc removed. This eliminates the need for cervical fusion. Artificial cervical discs have the advantage of maintaining normal motion at the involved level.

The FDA has approved the Prestige artificial cervical disc. This is reserved for patients with single-level disc surgery. In the appropriate patient, the artificial disc may be an alternative to surgical fusion.