A recent innovation in disc replacement, the M6-C™, has received FDA approval and now offers a more natural approach to artificial disc replacement. This advancement in medical technology is quickly giving patients a needed alternative to spinal fusion surgeries. Not only is the preservation of motion accomplished, but replication of the spine’s natural movement is possible.
With features like a nucleus with shock-absorbing capabilities and a fiber annulus, the components of this ground-breaking disc replacement option work together to produce an anatomic structure that mimics our natural discs. As the only available artificial cervical disc in the United States, the M6-C device is a one-of-a-kind compression disc on an implant level that provides the range of motion patients need for complex movement of their spines.
After receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2019, the M6-C continues to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness highlighted in the clinical data from its U.S. Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) study. This artificial disc allows the spine to move the way nature intended and has shown potential for mitigating stress on adjacent vertebral structures and discs, which minimizes further spinal disease complications.
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As an artificial disc replacement, the M6-C is the best next-generation option for patients facing spinal fusion surgery that will hamper spinal mobility. This cutting-edge technology not only mimics the natural structure and movement of the spine but also gives its recipients 6 degrees of freedom instead of 5, like other artificial disc products such as the Mobi-C. Being able to freely move side to side, up and down, forward and back, and rotate left and right is a life-changing benefit of this implanted spinal device.
Additionally, the M6-C disc outlasts less advanced replacement options. Studies conducted on this device have determined it can last ten years or more. This is partially due to the high-quality materials that make up the artificial disc. By using a viscoelastic polymer as the cushion between its titanium vertebral-structure design, patients enjoy natural movement that can stand the test of time while minimizing potential stress to nearby vertebrae and discs.
When undergoing an artificial disc replacement procedure, your surgeon will make the necessary incisions to remove the affected disc. After successfully removing it, the M6-C device goes into this space between your vertebrae with the goal of maintaining the needed height and range of motion. Once in place, your incision will be sutured shut, and the next steps in your recovery and healing will begin.
While many patients will spend a minimal amount of time in the hospital after surgery, some discomfort is a natural part of recovery. Expect specific instructions and follow-up care requirements once you return home with your newly implanted M6-C artificial disc. Any direction given by your surgeon should be a priority in the days and months afterward to help ensure the best clinical outcome of your procedure.
You can expect that the first few weeks will require a lot of rest and a slow return to activities like working and driving. Many of your routines that would involve repeated twisting, lifting, or other manipulation of your spine will likely be off-limits. Make sure to attend all of your scheduled follow-up exams so that your recovery gets the observation and assessment needed to be successful. Your doctor will let you know when you are clear to return to everyday activities. Many patients achieve this milestone between two and six weeks post-surgery.
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Thanks to the advancements of medical science, patients now have the opportunity to avoid sacrificing their mobility after a spinal fusion surgery and enjoy 6 degrees of cervical movement after suffering from conditions like spondylolisthesis or degenerative disc disorder. The prospect of having an artificial disc device that can last ten years or more is another game-changing development in treatment options for individuals worried about undergoing constant surgeries.
Our board-certified surgeons and medical experts use state-of-the-art equipment to achieve quality care, faster recovery times, and pain-free living for all our patients. If you have questions about this procedure and wonder if it may be a possible option for your spinal condition, contact our office today online or call (866) 272-9271. You can also use our free Treatment Finder tool. We are here to help you get your life back and get you on the road to healing quickly and safely.
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