Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacements (ADR) are a FDA-approved alternative to Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) in the appropriate patients and clinical settings. ADRs, unlike fusions, maintain the motion through the disc space in the cervical spine. This means that your range of motion in your neck also has a better chance of being preserved after surgery. Some studies suggest that ADRs may cause less adjacent-segment disease. This means that over time, there may be less “wear-and-tear” or less of a “domino effect” to the other discs in the cervical spine with ADRs. However, not all patients are candidates for this procedure. If you are interested in ADR for cervical stenosis or cervical radiculopathy, please make an appointment. Dr. Song was the first neurosurgeon in Northern Nevada to perform a cervical arthroplasty and continues to be a leader in the area with this procedure.