Choosing the Best Artificial Cervical Disc

Dr. Robert Lieberson

July 7, 2022

Artificial Cervical Disc

When deciding which artificial cervical disc to buy, you should know that you aren’t alone. There are thousands of options on the market. In this article, we will discuss Mobi-C, Secure-C (r), and M6-C. You can also read about NuVasive Simplify. Choosing the best cervical disc is a decision that can be tough, but with our reviews, we’ve made the process as easy as possible.

SECURE-C (r)

The SECURE-C (r) artificial spinal disc system is a novel device for treating slipped or bulging discs in the neck. In a recent trial, SECURE-C was non-inferior to ACDF in single-level CDD and superior in composite overall success. When compared to ACDF, SECURE-C is linked to a lower risk of index-level surgery and other surgeries in the future.

The SECURE-C(r) artificial spinal disc is available in two sagittal profiles and a variety of footprints. Its unique instrumentation enables it to position in the cervical region in three simple steps. The artificial spinal disc consists of two metallic endplates, an inner core made of polyethylene, and a trough-shaped metal cup. In this way, the device will maintain cervical spacing.

Although SECURE-C performed better than ACDF, its outcomes were not perfect. Among those patients who underwent ACDF, the percentage of patients undergoing adjacent-level surgery was notably higher than in the secure-c. Patients underwent a two-hour surgery on average. The SECURE-C device was more likely to last than the ACDF. SECURE-C is a better way to treat slipped discs than other methods, and not just because it works better overall.

M6-C

The M6-C artificial cervical disc is an implant that replaces the spinal disc. It approves for pre-market use in degenerative cervical radiculopathy. In pre-market trials, the M6-C compared to ACDF and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. The study patients had degenerative cervical radiculopathy, which required surgical intervention. The condition confirming both clinically and radiographically at a single vertebral level.

The M6-C artificial disc was developing to mimic the mechanical behavior and normal motion of a young disc. The artificial discs contain a nucleus and an annulus, allowing for compression and translation. The M6 artificial disc is a surgically implanted replacement for a degenerated or herniated cervical disc. In addition, it is hypoallergenic and MRI-compatible. The M6-C allows surgeons to see clear pictures of the operating level after surgery.

The M6-C has been approved by the FDA and is available through Orthofix Medical Inc., a Lewisville, Texas-based orthopedic products company. Since 2006, the company has put more than 60,000 M6-C artificial cervical discs in people in 20 different countries.

MOVE-C

The Mobi-C artificial cervical disc is a plastic insert that slides and rotates within the spine’s natural range of motion. This device is the first artificial cervical disc to eliminate pressure on the nerves and preserve the vertebrae. The two Mobi-C plates are making of metal and the plastic insert is round and flat on top. A special type of surgery called a “cervical fusion” is used to put the implants in the cervical spine.

The MOVE-C prosthesis combines two generations of implant design: a simplified cervical cage implantation technique and second-generation titanium endplates. The titanium endplate features axial damping and progressive resistance to motion. The implant also has an additive manufactured titanium core, which allows it to achieve a predefined neutral zone and a progressive load-deformation curve. So, the MOVE-C is safer than its predecessors and is likely to be a good choice for surgery to replace a cervical disc.

NuVasive Simplify

The NuVasive Simplify Artificial Cervical Disc is an implant that replaces a damaged cervical disc. It approves by the FDA for use in patients with a single or two adjacent discs. The device replaces a disc in the neck and allows the patient to move his or her neck freely in every direction. Based on the Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data, the FDA has approved the device.

The Simplify Disc’s unique design incorporates physiologic motion and multiple anatomic disc heights to mimic the dynamics of a natural spine segment. Developed by NuVasive, the NuVasive Simplify is currently in an IDE trial conducting in the US for two levels of indications. The company plans to keep working on the device and will pay Simplify Medical more money when it reaches certain goals.