Artificial Disc Replacement Health Center
A rapidly developing alternative to spinal fusion surgery, artificial disc replacement is a procedure that involves replacing a painful disc that is causing chronic back pain with an artificial disc that provides pain relief without compromising the spine's natural anatomical structure. Artificial disc replacement surgery may be performed on the lower back (lumbar spine) or the neck (cervical spine). Artificial discs are structurally similar to the damaged discs that are replaced and share similar functions, including acting as shock absorbers in the back or neck.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has currently approved two artificial discs for lumbar disc replacement: the CHARITÉ™ Artificial Disc (DePuy Synthes) and the PRODISC®-L Total Disc Replacement (DePuy Synthes). The FDA has also approved five artificial discs for cervical disc replacement: the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc System (Medtronic), the ProDisc™-C Total Disc Replacement (DePuy Synthes), the BRYAN® Cervical Disc (Medtronic), the SECURE®-C Cervical Artificial Disc (Globus), and the PCM® Cervical Disc System (NuVasive). Learn more about artificial disc replacement in the following resources..