Spinal Fusion Alternatives
About Spinal Fusion - Laser Surgery - Modern Disc Replacement
In the last decades medical technology has moved forward at a faster than ever pace. Yet most spine surgeons remain stuck in the past, limited by regulation they are still using fusion or outdated disc replacement technology or doing unnecessary laser discectomies and laminectomies.
Due to FDA restrictions, limitations of the approved products, and the inexperience of many surgeons, many patients will be exposed to unnecessary risk, get debilitating fusion surgery, temporary laser solutions or continue to suffer needlessly. Most, never knowing there are better options available, technology that can preserve the natural motion of the spine, and surgeons with the experience required to help them.
Why avoid spinal fusion surgery?
There are several concerns with spine fusion surgery. Overall success rates are very low and the recovery is long and painful. Even after a "successful" spine fusion, problems begin to develop soon after the surgery. The segments next to the fusion have more forces applied causing "adjacent level degeneration" which studies have shown will lead to additional pain and surgeries.
What about Laser Spine Surgery?
Many clinics are promoting "laser" surgery and treatments for back pain. It is important to understand just what these are. Laser Surgery is either disc decompression using a laser or discectomies and laminectomies for removal of part of the disc or bone using a laser tool.
Both are used to treat the symptoms of degenerated, bulging, or herniated discs, not to treat the underlying cause, the bad disc!
To treat the cause, the bad disc we use Disc Replacement.
With improved implants Disc Replacement is now even better!
Advanced disc replacement implants now available offer improved safety and a "Quality of Motion"
that makes them truly deserve the title "Artificial Disc".
Our surgeons are now offering the breakthrough Spinal Kinetics M6 implant for the Cervical and Lumbar spine. The first disc replacement implant to truly deserve the title "Artificial Disc". This implant achieves the ultimate goal of replicating the healthy human disc. By providing shock absorption and graded variable motion resistance, the M6 works in concert with the remaining human discs, to provide the best possible outcome. This "Quality of Motion" is a major benefit not available in any other implant we have seen!
Are you confused about what treatment is the best option for you?
Maybe you have been told you are not a candidate for Disc Replacement. You could be considering a temporary solution like discetomy, laminectomy or laser surgery. Many are told that fusion is their only option in error.
Want some straight answers?
Evaluations can also be done easily by mailing your images to us.
In order to determine what treatment is right for you, you need a comprehensive evaluation, done by our team of surgeons, who are experienced with the full range of globally available options.
We will provide you a complete written evaluation and surgery plan free of charge.
Unlike early Disc Replacement designs, the Spinal Kinetics M6 artificial disc is designed to replicate the structure and performance of a natural disc. Its innovative design incorporates an artificial nucleus to allow shock absorption and a woven fiber annulus for graded variable motion resistance in all directions.
These characteristics accurately replicate the natural disc, allowing the implant to work in concert with the remaining human discs. Unlike earlier "ball-in-socket" implants, with the M6 disc replacement the resulting natural functionality of the entire spinal curve will provide the best chance for a full recovery. In addition, future complications will be eliminated by reducing adjacent level degeneration and strain on the muscles and ligaments.