Medical Breakthroughs: Artificial Disc

Cervical Disc damage can often leave a person's neck with severe pain and sometimes even numbness. Now doctors say there is a new approach to ease the pain.

A new experimental procedure called the Bryan Cervical Artificial Disc is being compared tot he traditional spinal fusion. A typical fusion takes two discs and makes them one.

With the new procedure doctors would make a small incision and take an artificial disc made of Polyurethane and Titanium to replace the damaged disc. The procedure does take longer to complete in the operating room than a typical fusion. But there are advantages.

One of the major differences between the two surgeries is that with the fusion doctors limit a patients movement with a hard collar from six to 12 weeks. With the artificial disc patients do not have to wear a restraining device and they have a full range of motion after surgery.