Avoiding Spinal Fusion
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • 1:00pm
New Alternative to Spinal Fusion Maintains Mobility and Range of Motion
Dr. Mark Drzala & Dr. Mitchell Reiter
New Jersey Spine Specialists
For many, the prospect of a spinal fusion surgery is enough to make them forego treating their neck pain and instead attempt to “grin and bear” the nagging pain associated with cervical spinal conditions. The predominant reason many patients opt not to have a spinal fusion procedure is a result of anecdotal stories of friends or family who underwent cervical spine fusions and had less than optimal results or lost range of motion in their neck.
Despite the recent advancements in spinal fusion surgery, some of these concerns remain valid as spinal fusion still requires the joining of one or more spinal vertebrae. However, a new procedure has given patients the ability to treat their cervical spine conditions while maintaining mobility. The procedure is known as Cervical Disc Replacement and has been extensively researched and studied. In fact, in a recent study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, patients who underwent Cervical Disc Replacement, as opposed to Cervical Spinal Fusion, had better surgical outcomes, less pain in the neck and extremities, as well as a significantly lower rate of revision surgeries.
Cervical Disc Replacement is designed to preserve motion of the spine by utilizing a prosthetic implant in the disc space. Once the disc is removed and the spinal nerves are decompressed, this flexible implant is placed in the space where the herniated or diseased disc once was. This implant allows the spine to remain mobile and flexible without restricting range of motion, something not possible with spinal fusion surgery. This is similar to the artificial hip, knee, and shoulder joints that orthopedic surgeons have been using for more than five decades to maintain motion and relieve the pain of injured joints.
Orthopedic Spine Surgeons, Dr. Mark Drzala and Dr. Mitchell Reiter of The New Jersey Spine Specialists, have been at the forefront of this alternative procedure since its FDA approval in 2006. For appropriately chosen patients with specific cervical spine conditions these physicians opt to perform Cervical Disc Replacement as opposed to Cervical Spinal Fusion. Drs. Reiter and Drzala prefer motion preservation over fusion and site that the outcomes reported in the literature for these patients are more favorable when compared to fusion patients. Science with compelling data is the driving force behind their decision to choose cervical disc replacement over fusion.
If you are suffering from chronic back or neck pain please contact their Summit office to discuss your treatment options. Call 908 608-9619 or visit www.njspinespecialists.com
The physicians at New Jersey Spine Specialists are dedicated to providing advanced spinal care tailored to the needs of each patient. Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons, Drs. Mitchell Reiter and Mark R. Drzala, focus on providing the best treatment regimen possible and in keeping their patients involved with the decision-making process regarding their care. Both doctors have received several local and national awards and are among the leaders experts in the field of spinal surgery. Their practice is located in Summit, NJ and serves patients from across the country.
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