The M6-C™ artificial cervical disc is an innovative next-generation option for those needing artificial disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. This unique product is designed to mimic your spine’s natural structure and movement, allowing you to move up and down, side to side, backward and forward, and rotate left and right. 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 adjacent discs and other vertebral structures.
What Happens During the M6-C Disc Procedure?
During an artificial disc replacement procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision in the front of the neck and remove the ruptured or herniated disc during a minimally invasive procedure. Once the damaged disc is removed and the pinched nerve is relieved, your doctor will then place the M6-C artificial disc into the same disc space between vertebrae to maintain the disc space height, as well as retain motion at the treated level. After the M6-C disc is successfully placed using specialized instruments, the incision is closed.
What Can I Expect After My Cervical Disc Surgery?
As with any surgery, you should expect some discomfort. Most patients are discharged either the same day or the day after surgery. Your surgeon will give you specific guidelines for activities and follow-up requirements before you leave the hospital with your device. In order to obtain the most optimal clinical outcome, it is important to adhere to these guidelines for successful treatment. Based on your doctor’s recommendations, you will need to take it easy for the first two weeks before slowly returning to normal activities such as driving and working. Avoid activities that involve repeated bending, twisting and lifting. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up exams after your procedure to assess your recovery, but most people typically return to normal activities between two and six weeks.
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Learn more about the differences between artificial disc replacement and spinal fusion or browse the M6-C disc safety information.