Is Mobi-C Better Than Spinal Fusion Procedures?

Surgeons ready to do the Mobi-C procedureThe Mobi-C cervical disc is a synthetic disc that consists of two specially coated metal plates made from cobalt, chromium, molybdenum, and titanium, as well as a plastic insert in the middle. It helps patients retain most of their neck mobility by replacing a worn or degenerative disc through surgery.

The Cervical Spine Institute provides additional information about this innovative treatment option.

Benefits of Mobi-C Cervical Disc Replacement

A Mobi-C procedure offers a variety of benefits over the traditional spinal fusion procedures. Patients who suffer from certain types of cervical or spinal issues can benefit most from its ability to treat two levels of the spine. Because Mobi-C acts as a disc replacement, patients retain most of their neck mobility after the surgery compared with fusing adjoining vertebrae together with conventional spinal fusion techniques. And because it is less invasive, recovery for a two-level disc replacement is faster, easier, and less painful.

Mobi-C Cervical Disc Replacement Eligibility

If you are experiencing arm or neck weakness or discomfort and have tried other conservative treatments for six to eight weeks without any improvement, a Mobi-C procedure may be the best option for you. But your spine needs to be mature enough to qualify for this procedure. You would need to be at least 21 years of age and not more than 67 years old because you need to be able to recover fully after the operation. Your doctor will also check if your imaging reveals the presence of any of the following issues and conditions:

  • The inner disc is pressing against the outer disc.
  • Excessive degeneration of the spine due to wear and tear
  • Significant loss of disc height when compared to the other spinal columns
  • There is a bone spur development on the vertebrae.

While a Mobi-C procedure comes with a lower risk of complications, patients are still advised to undergo more conservative treatments before considering any type of surgery. If none of those treatments work for the duration of six to eight weeks, then you may ask your doctor about your other options and if Mobi-C is one of them.