Dr. Bae was among the first surgeons to use multi-level artificial disc replacement for the cervical spine?
While multi-level artificial disc replacement has been offered overseas for more than a decade, Dr. Bae, a trusted spine surgeon in Beverly Hills, led the clinical study that gained the procedure FDA approval in the United States. He also headed the first prospective study to compare the outcome of cervical disc replacement with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). His findings regarding artificial disc replacement have given hope to patients looking to relieve pain while maintaining motion and quality of life.
Cervical artificial disc replacement is a joint replacement procedure that can help relieve pain caused by pinched nerves due to a damaged disc in the cervical spine. The procedure involves surgically removing the affected disc and replacing it with a specialized artificial disc/implant which helps to preserve motion in the neck. When compared to traditional anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedures which use bone grafts, plates and screws, outcomes for cervical artificial disc replacement are generally better or at least similar, and permit full range of motion including the ability to look forward and backward and side to side.
Because The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration specializes in minimally invasive procedures, most patients will spend less time in the hospital and enjoy a faster recovery when compared to more traditional or open surgeries. In most cases, a patient will need to stay at the hospital for one or two days for observation, but will be able to walk within hours of the surgery. A brace or soft collar may be recommended to support the neck muscles following surgery, but there will generally be few activity restrictions with many patients able to return to work in two to four weeks.
As with any surgery, there are potential complications. The complications with a cervical artificial disc are similar to those of an ACDF procedure and may include infection, blood loss, nerve injury or the need for another surgery. To minimize the risks of these complications, it is best to work with a surgeon who has extensive training in the most advanced and current non-fusion technologies and procedures.
Do you have symptoms of a cervical disc problem causing arm pain, arm weakness or numbness with some degree of neck pain? Have you been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease? If you answered yes, you may be a candidate for cervical artificial disc replacement.
Heading the investigation for cervical artificial disc replacement, Dr. Bae is extremely knowledgeable in the latest surgical technologies and is qualified to determine when cervical disc replacement is a safe and viable option. For more information, contact The Spine Institute Center for Spinal Restoration at (310) 828-7757 and schedule an in-office consultation.