UVNN specializes in M6-C cervical disc replacement surgery. The Orthofix, M6-C artificial disc is a next generation options for patients suffering from cervical disc degeneration and are in search of spinal fusion surgery alternatives. Unlike traditional fusion surgeries that may limit motion in the spine, the M6-C is designed to mimic the natural biomechanics of the cervical spine, providing stability while preserving motion, ultimately helping to restore patient mobility and comfort.

The M6-C disc is engineered with both a shock-absorbing nucleus and fiber annulus. These components collaborate to emulate the controlled range of motion and cushioning properties found in natural discs. By facilitating natural spinal movement, the M6-C artificial disc aims to reduce potential stress on neighboring discs and other vertebral structures.

M6-C Cervical Disc Replacement Has Many Advantages

The M6-C artificial cervical disc offers several advantages over traditional cervical fusion surgeries:

  • Minimally Invasive: The M6-C procedure can often be performed using minimally invasive techniques, resulting in smaller incisions, reduced tissue disruption, and faster recovery times for patients.
  • Mimics Natural Motion: The M6-C replicates the natural motion and shock absorption of the healthy cervical spine, allowing for a more natural range of motion compared to fusion procedures.
  • Long-Term Durability: Constructed from advanced materials, including a fiber-reinforced polymer outer core and a titanium alloy endplate, the M6-C is engineered for durability and long-term performance.
  • Preserves Adjacent Discs: By maintaining motion at the treated level, the M6-C helps reduce the risk of adjacent segment degeneration, a common complication associated with cervical fusion surgeries.

M6-C Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement Candidates

Patients may be candidates for the Orthofix M6-C artificial disc replacement if they:

  • Experience cervical disc degeneration
  • Have symptoms such as neck pain, arm pain, or numbness/tingling
  • Have failed to respond to conservative treatments such as physical therapy or medication
  • Desire to improve, repair, or maintain motion and flexibility in the cervical spine

It’s important to note that not all patients may be suitable candidates for the M6-C procedure, and eligibility will be determined through a thorough evaluation by the UVNN neurosurgical team.

Patients may be Non-Surgical Candidates if they have:

  • A presence of deformities
  • Have had prior tumor resection
  • Have an infection near the surgical site or signs of local inflammation
  • Have a history of failed previous fusion procedures
  • Suspected to or have a confirmed allergy or intolerance to the component materials

M6-C Disc Replacement Surgery

M6-C disc replacement is a minimally invasive surgery and requires only small incision to gain access to the cervical spine. During surgery, the surgeon will eliminate any deteriorated discs or vertebrae before fusing together the remaining bones. This procedure results in a secure joint with increased stability.
The implantation of the Orthofix M6-C artificial disc replacement device is typically performed under general anesthesia, though specific details may vary depending on the patient’s unique circumstances and the surgeon’s preferences.
During the Procedure the surgeon will access the cervical spine through a small incision in the neck. The affected disc will be carefully removed to create space for the M6-C implant. If bone grafts are necessary the surgeon will place them between the vertebrae to encourage natural bone growth and the eventual fusing of the spine. The M6-C device will be securely placed between the adjacent vertebrae, restoring disc height and function and the incision, and the patient will be monitored during the initial recovery period. Most patients are discharged an can return home same-day.

Postoperative Care and Recovery

Following surgery, patients will receive comprehensive postoperative care instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery process. This may include:

  • Pain management strategies
  • Physical therapy exercises to promote strength and flexibility
  • Restrictions on certain activities to prevent complications
  • Follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor progress and address any concerns

While individual recovery experiences may vary, many patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few weeks of surgery, with continued improvements in pain relief and functional outcomes over time.

Potential Risks and Complications

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with the implantation of the Orthofix M6-C artificial disc replacement device. These may include:

  • Infection at the surgical site
  • Nerve injury or damage
  • Device-related complications such as migration or fracture
  • Failure to achieve desired outcomes, requiring additional treatment or revision surgery

It’s essential for patients to discuss these risks thoroughly with their surgeon and to follow all pre- and postoperative instructions closely to minimize the likelihood of complications.

Learn More About Orthofix M6-C

To learn more about the Orthofix M6-C artificial disc replacement device and its potential benefits for cervical spine health, we encourage you to Download our patient brochure or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced spine specialists. Your journey to a healthier, more mobile spine starts here with UVNN.