Cervical Disc Replacement


What is Cervical Disc Replacement?

The cervical disc replacement was first designed to answer the problem of increased motion at the adjacent level caused by cervical fusion.  The increased motion after a fusion caused a high rate of adjacent level disc deterioration.  Proponents of cervical artificial disc replacement believe that preserving motion within the damaged vertebral segment could allow the spine to restore its balance and maintain more natural mechanics, and may decelerate degeneration in adjacent vertebral segments in the spine over time.  Cervical Total Disc Replacement provides US spine surgeons a clinically proven alternative to fusion surgery for the treatment of intractable symptomatic cervical disc disease.  Spinal fusion is intended to relieve pain by eliminating motion at the diseased vertebral segment, but it can create spinal imbalance, alter the biomechanics of the spine, and increase stresses and motion in adjacent vertebral segments that may accelerate further degeneration.  The cervical Total Disc Replacement provides the potential to restore motion at that level and maintain normal motion at adjacent levels.

Cervical Disc Replacement Preserves Motion

Motion preservation of the cervical spine is recognized as a breakthrough in spine surgery and is expected to make a significant impact in the United States. Dr. Guy Fogel of San Antonio can provide the minimally invasive procedure known as a Cervical Disc Replacement.

Cervical Disc Surgical Procedure

The Disc Replacement is implanted in the cervical spine through a small incision in the patient’s neck. – During the Disc Replacement procedure, the surgeon removes the diseased intervertebral disc, decompresses the neurological elements and inserts a disc implant into the disc space.

Results of Cervical Disc Replacement:

  • Hospital stay of 1 day
  • Blood loss 5 cc
  • Disc height restored
  • Spondylolisthesis improved
  • Pain: 8.3 improved to 2.4
  • Return Work 2 wks full-time
  • Good and Excellent Outcomes 94%
  • Complications of Pro Disc
  • Incidence of secondary surgery was 1.9% in Disc replacement—4 times less than with fusion
  • Any patient with severe arm or neck pain could be treated with implant removal and fusion.
  • Product Description

The ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement is similar to joint replacement devices that have been successfully used for many decades. The ProDisc-C implant is comprised of three components: two metal endplates separated by a medical grade plastic core. The endplates are made of cobalt chrome alloy (CoCrMo) and the plastic core is ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). The implant materials have proven biocompatibility in the body. These materials have been used in spinal disc replacement for over two decades and are the most commonly used materials in knee and hip replacements.

Advantages of Cervical Disc Replacement over Fusion

The ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement was determined to be safe and effective for the treatment of intractable symptomatic cervical disc disease (SCDD) by the FDA.

  • ProDisc-C patients demonstrated a significant improvement in pain and disability and required fewer re-operations than ACDF patients.
  • Patients receiving the ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement demonstrated a mean range of motion of 9.4° at the 24-month follow-up.
  • Only surgeons who have completed an intensive training program can implant the ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement


We accept Medicare and most Medicare Replacement plans. Call us to find out more 210-672-2812

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  • Back Neck and Spine Pain Stops Now


    Are you in need of back pain treatment? Looking for a back doctor in the San Antonio, TX area? Dr. Fogel of the Spine Pain Be Gone Clinic offers an alternative to traditional open back and neck surgeries. Utilizing world-class technologies and highly-advanced tools, Dr. Guy Fogel specializes with innovative minimally invasive spine surgery techniques for his patients.



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    Dr. Fogel offers his patients less painful and time-consuming surgical procedures as compared to traditional open back and neck surgeries, motion limiting fusion surgeries and artificial disc replacements.  He does this by utilizing the latest technologies and techniques for pain causing neck and back conditions through minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. 




Words from our patients

  • Vitals

    "He is warm, friendly, courteous and polite. He takes his time and answers all your questions. He did a lumbar fusion on me and I have had no problems."

    Verified Patient
  • Demandforce

    "Dr. Fogel is the most caring Dr. I have ever met. He always takes the extra time to make sure I understand everything that is going on in my treatment."

    Elizabeth S.
  • Demandforce

    "The best doctor I ever met and his staff go way beyond expectations to try to help. Seeing him was the best thing I ever did."

    Ronald P.
  • Demandforce

    "Dr. Fogel's surgical procedure on my spine three years ago totally eliminated my back pain. I highly recommend Dr. Fogel to any one needing back pain relief."

    Luis J.
  • Demandforce

    "He is an awesome doc! I highly recommend Dr. Fogel. I can say that I have my life back and can do a lot of things that I couldn't do before my surgeries."

    Joanne G.
  • Demandforce

    "They do their utmost best to get their patients back to living as well and as actively as possible. You will not find a better spinal team!"

    Michele P.
  • Demandforce

    "Dr. Fogel is awesome! He was very clear on my diagnosis and his recommendation of the procedure that I needed to fix the problem in my spine."

    Jaclyn R.
Guy Fogel, MD, FAAOS
2833 Babcock
Suite 306
San Antonio, TX 78229