Surgical Options
for Neck and Arm Pain

What are the Surgical Options for Neck and Arm Pain?

For many patients experiencing pain of the neck, shoulders, arms and hands, conservative treatments will help relieve the symptoms of cervical disc degeneration or injury. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy, rest, painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications. If this first line of treatment fails and your neck pain persists, then your doctor may suggest surgical options:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) or spinal fusion is a surgical procedure where the damaged spinal disc is removed to reduce spinal cord and/or nerve pressure. Following disc removal, the cervical vertebrae on either side of the disc space are joined together in a process called spinal fusion.
  • Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement is a surgical procedure that involves removing the damaged spinal disc to relieve symptoms of pain, weakness, numbness and tingling in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Following the removal of the cervical disc and any bony materials compressing or pinching the spinal cord and/or nerves, an artificial disc is implanted in its place. This implant is designed to restore proper spacing between the vertebrae, relieve pressure on the spinal cord or nerves, and preserve motion at the treated level.
Cervical Fusion

What is the Difference Between Spinal Fusion and Artificial Disc Replacement?

One of the main differences between spinal fusion (ACDF) and artificial disc replacement is the latter provides a greater range of motion. To meet the needs of most normal day-to-day activities, the spine and its vertebrae must be free to move in multiple directions. Spinal fusion does not preserve the previous range of motion associated with a healthy disc, but it may be a preferred treatment option for some neck conditions.

Millions of people around the world suffer from cervical disc degeneration, resulting in chronic pain of the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. In addition to pain, other symptoms include weakness, tingling or numbness. The M6-C™ artificial cervical disc offers an innovative non-fusion solution in treating degeneration of the cervical disc. The M6-C device is the only artificial cervical disc that is designed to mimic the structure and movement of a natural disc, enabling the neck:

  • to move backward and forward
  • to move side to side
  • to move up and down
  • to rotate left and right

To date more than 45,000 patients worldwide have received the M6-C disc. With its unique design, the M6-C disc is the natural choice.

In addition, the M6-C disc is the only disc featuring a shock-absorbing nucleus and fiber annulus that work together to replicate the controlled range of movement and cushioning effect of the natural disc. By allowing your spine to move naturally, the M6-C disc is also designed to potentially minimize the stress to the discs located above and below the treated level and other vertebral structures.

These benefits are why many patients have chosen the M6-C disc as an innovative next-generation option for people needing artificial disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion.

Artificial Disc Replacement

More Information on Neck and Arm Pain

Learn more about neck pain, the common disorders that cause neck pain, and the M6-C disc procedure.