Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery (Mobi-C)
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How Cervical Disc Replacement With Mobi-C Alleviates Symptoms

Cervical disc replacement is a minimally invasive spine surgery wherein a diseased, damaged, or herniated spinal disc is replaced with a medical implant. Spinal discs are soft, cushion-like discs that absorb the shock of spinal movements, allowing you to stretch, twist, and move without pain or discomfort. Over time, age-related wear and tear, injuries, and other factors can lead to tears in the intervertebral discs, eventually leading to disc herniation or other problems.

Dr. Kakoulides performs cervical disc replacement using the cutting-edge, FDA-approved Mobi-C cervical disc. First used in Orleans, France, Mobi-C has now been used in over 17,000 patients across 25 countries. The patented Mobile Core Technology allows the polyethylene core of the cervical disc to self-adjust within the body, thus ensuring optimal cervical spine adjustment. The Mobi-C is just as capable of responding to normal spinal movements as a natural intervertebral disc.

Dr. Kakoulides uses the Mobi-C device for cervical disc replacement surgery on Long Island because of its minimally invasive nature. It’s a bone-sparing procedure that doesn’t involve chisel cuts into the vertebrae of the cervical spine, so the risk of complications is minimal. This treatment is also suitable for implantation at two levels, making it one of the least invasive and most effective techniques for cervical disc replacement. Furthermore, Dr. Kakoulides only recommends this treatment if all conservative options fail.

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Cervical Disc Herniation

Mobi-C disc replacement is meant for patients suffering from degenerative disc disease or disc herniation at the cervical region. The cervical spine has 7 vertebrae in the neck region, each separated by small, cushion-like intervertebral discs. The cervical discs have hard outer shells and soft, inner nucleus — they act as shock absorbers, allowing you to move your neck comfortably while minimizing friction and pain.

Over time, the natural aging process makes the cervical discs shrink and develop small tears and cracks. The inner nucleus may spill out of the cracks and into the spinal canal — this condition is known as disc herniation. The bone spurs of the damaged cervical discs and the bulging nucleus place pressure on the surrounding nerve roots, sending pain signals into different parts of the body, such as the arms, hands, and fingers.

Cervical disc replacement surgery on Long Island with Mobi-C is ideal for disc herniation and degenerative disc disease because the damaged cervical discs are replaced with artificial spinal discs. The Mobi-C device is specifically designed to resemble the functionality of natural cervical discs, allowing you to move your neck and restore complete mobility. As such, if you have damaged cervical discs or the symptoms of cervical nerve radiculopathy, you may need this procedure.

woman after cervical disk replacement surgery in long island

What Are The Benefits of Cervical Disc Replacement Surgery

  • Performed as a minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Only involves two to three small incisions
  • Removes the damaged and herniated cervical discs
  • Alleviates the symptoms of nerve radiculopathy
  • Replaces the torn and thinning discs with an artificial disc
  • Mobi-C resembles the natural movement of cervical discs
  • Minimal downtime and recovery period

Mobi-C: The Procedure

Mobi-C cervical disc replacement is a minimally invasive spine surgery performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Kakoulides makes a small incision on the left or right side of the neck, following which the soft tissues are gently separated to reveal the herniated or damaged disc. The neurosurgeon uses specialized surgical tools to remove the damaged discs and bone spurs, following which the Mobi-C device is placed using special tools.

The surgeon for your cervical disc replacement surgery on Long Island also uses a microsurgical nerve probe to ensure the nerve roots are no longer compressed. Once it’s clear that the cervical disc is properly positioned and there’s no nerve compression, the surgeon washes out the incision with an antiseptic solution. Your soft tissues are allowed to fall into place, following which the incision is closed using absorbable sutures.

woman after cervical disk replacement surgery in long island

Mobi-C: Recovery & Aftercare

You can return home the same day or the day after your cervical disc replacement procedure. You can expect mild post-treatment discomfort and pain, and you’ll have to wear a cervical brace to immobilize and support the neck during the healing process. Spine surgeon, Dr. Kakoulides will provide a comprehensive overview of your aftercare and recovery guidelines, including pain medications, activity limitations, incision care, and more. You can also contact the neurosurgeon whenever you want — you will receive his personal number.