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Disc Replacement Surgery
Long Island

Advanced Disc Replacement with (Mobi-C)

The human spine comprises a series of bones called the vertebrae, each separated by discs that ensure smooth movements without the bones rubbing against each other. However, the normal aging process and excessive use may lead to damaged or degenerated intervertebral discs, necessitating a disc replacement surgery. During a disc replacement surgery, the damaged disc is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. Replacing the degenerated disc relieves pressure from the spinal nerves and restores optimal spinal functions.

Dr. Brian McHugh performs cervical disc replacement surgery on Long Island with Mobi-C, widely considered one of the world’s best cervical discs. Mobi-C was first used in Orleans, France, in November 2004, and it has since been used in over 75,000 procedures globally. The Mobi-C cervical disc received FDA approval in August 2013, making it the first cervical disc with one-level and two-level indications. The Mobi-C clinical trial had included 599 patients, making it the largest and most successful concurrent clinical trial for cervical disc replacement surgery in the U.S.

How does Mobi-C work?

The Mobi-C cervical disc is made of a patented mobile bearing technology for natural cervical spine movements. The top plate of the cervical disc moves over the plastic insert, which, in turn, slides across the bottom plate. As you move, the muscles and soft tissues in your neck also move the vertebrae and the Mobi-C plates. The cervical disc automatically adjusts and moves with the spine, ensuring optimal and natural cervical spine movements. One of the greatest advantages of the Mobi-C design is that it eliminates the need for invasive keels, screws, or bone chiseling, thus preserving the surrounding vertebrae.

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Am I a suitable candidate for a Mobi-C?

Dr. McHugh will carefully diagnose the root cause of your spinal problems to determine if you can benefit from a cervical disc replacement procedure. He aims to treat all degenerative problems with medications and physical therapy, so he only recommends Mobi-C if surgical intervention is absolutely necessary.

The following are the basic indications for who should receive a Mobi-C:

  • Adults between 21 and 67 years of age.
  • Patients suffering from damaged cervical discs between levels C3-C7.
  • Severe degenerative disc problems wherein the damaged disc affects the spinal cord or nerve roots.
  • CT scans, MRIs, and x-rays clearly reveal damaged or worn intervertebral discs.
  • The non-invasive treatment options, such as medications and physical therapy, have been ineffective.
  • The underlying condition is worsening despite medical treatments.

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“Dr. McHugh was really clear about my situation. The people at his office are friendly and the place is very nice and clean.”

What happens during the Mobi-C procedure?

  • General anesthesia is administered to put you into a deep sleep while you lie on your back on the surgical table.
  • Your neck area is thoroughly washed when you’re asleep.
  • A sterile surgical sheet is taped around your neck.
  • The surgeon makes an incision on your neck.
  • The muscles, airway, esophagus, and blood vessels are moved aside to create a tunnel to access the spine.
  • The surgeon inserts a thin needle into the affected discs under fluoroscopic guidance.
  • After checking the level of surgery necessary, the surgeon removes the damaged discs.
  • The surgeon replaces the damaged disc with Mobi-C.
  • Surgical threads are used to sew the muscles and incisions together. A biologic glue or bandage is placed along the incision mark.
  • You’re moved into the recovery room, where the nurses check your blood pressure and vitals.

What happens after the Mobi-C procedure?

You’ll wake up in the recovery room, where the nurses will monitor your vitals and blood pressure. If you’re in pain, the nurses will deliver postoperative pain medications either orally or through an IV line. You’ll be moved into your hospital room after a while, and you may have to wear a postoperative cervical brace to support the neck healing process.

Dr. McHugh will discuss self-care and postoperative recovery guidelines before discharge. You must follow all of the doctor’s instructions regarding bathing, physical activities, medications, and follow-up appointments carefully to ensure a smooth recovery journey. If you have any questions or concerns about disc replacement surgery on Long Island, please feel free to ask Dr. McHugh and his staff.

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