Disc Replacement Surgery- motion preservation
Motion preservation surgery aims to minimise the risk of developing further symptoms at adjacent levels following fusion surgery and reduce the need for further surgery. Young patients have highly flexible spines compared with older people. In suitable cases patients who require removal of their discs to decompress the spinal cord and nerves can have an artificial disc inserted rather than perform a spinal fusion. This can help minimise the risk of developing problems at the adjacent levels following a fusion procedure.