Newly approved cervical artificial disc replacement
procedure gets local man back into action
Scott Washburn, a 45-year-old entrepreneur, knew something was seriously wrong with his health several weeks ago when he began experiencing pain, numbness and tingling in both arms.
Thanks to a new, revolutionary surgical procedure, the Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement, Washburn will be returning to his active life of tennis, golf and snow skiing within a few weeks. The procedure, performed by Matthew Cubbage, M.D., Chief of Spine Surgery at North Cypress Medical Center, treated Mr. Washburn's failed disc in his neck with an Artificial Disc Replacement.
Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement, which can serve as an alternative in certain cases to Cervical Fusion, is one of the first to be performed in the Houston area and is now an option available for those, like Washburn, suffering from herniated discs in the neck and Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD).
"Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement offers patients an alternative to spinal fusion," says Dr. Cubbage. "Cervical fusion is a good option for patients suffering from herniated discs, but it is not a perfect solution. Although both surgical procedures treat the problem, spinal fusion restricts motion in the fused segment and ultimately may lead to premature degeneration of the adjacent discs," he explains. Studies have shown that over time, this can lead to more pain and the need for further surgery. Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement is a new procedure, the nerve and spinal cord compression is alleviated resulting in a more natural range of motion, thus decreasing the stresses on the discs above and below the diseased level. Cubbage states that this new technique should provide better long-term results for patients. Although Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement may not be indicated in each case, it can be a safe and effective treatment for many suffering surgical disc herniations and degenerative disc disease.
Washburn was able to return home the following day from his Artificial Disc Replacement. "I noticed immediate pain relief following the procedure and the numbness and tingling in my arms was gone as well," he states. "I can't wait to get back to doing the things I enjoy like tennis and golf. I would definitely recommend this procedure to others."
Dr. Cubbage underwent specialized training to perform the new procedure. He is one of a select group of doctors nationally qualified to train other doctors in Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement.
For more information about Cervical Disc Replacement, contact Dr. Cubbage's office at 281-955-7577.
North Cypress Medical Center is a 150-bed acute care hospital located in Cypress (northwest Houston area), Texas. The hospital offers patients state-of-the-art medical care and technology in an upscale, five-star hotel-like atmosphere. Medical services include Cardiology, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Orthopedics including a Total Joint and Spine Center, Cancer care including Radiation Oncology, and Surgical Weight Loss. Visit our website at ncmc-hospital.com for more information.