The surgeon approaches the neck from the front and makes an incision in the neck. The tissues and blood veins are moved aside to allow for a clear view of the damaged disc and to gain access to the spine.
The damaged or diseased disc is completely removed from between the vertebrae. The impinging disc fragments or bone spurs are also removed.
The disc space is distracted to the usual disc height to relieve stress on the nerve roots. Then the surfaces of the upper and lower vertebrae are cleared of all the damaged disc tissues and shaped to accept the implant.
With the help of fluoroscopy or X-rays, we implant the device in the prepared space between two vertebrae. The device is secured with specialized screws. The implant is designed to preserve motions of spine such as flexion, extension, side bending and rotation. It also helps to keep the cervical spine properly aligned.
The wound is closed with a few stitches or medical glue. We apply the bandage after cleaning the wound.