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Next-Generation Option Available for Patients Needing Artificial Disc Replacement

Although Dallas-area firefighter Randy survived a roof collapse six years ago, his constant neck and arm pain after the accident threatened to end his firefighting career. Fortunately, he was a candidate for the M6-C™ artificial cervical disc and is back on the job today.

Millions of people around the world suffer from neck and/or arm pain. In the United States alone, neck pain affects up to 15 percent of the population, according to the National Institutes of Health. This type of pain is often caused by cervical disc degeneration, a common condition that can result in pain or numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

The M6-C disc, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2019, was designed as an innovative option for patients needing artificial disc replacement as an alternative to spinal fusion. 

Featuring a shock-absorbing nucleus and fiber annulus that mimic the anatomic structure of a natural disc, the M6-C device is the only artificial cervical disc available in the country that enables compression or “shock absorption” at the implanted level. The disc also provides a controlled range of motion when the spine transitions in its combined complex movements.

The M6-C disc was designed to mimic the spine’s natural structure and movement, including backward and forward, side to side, and up and down, and to rotate left and right. By allowing the spine to move naturally, the M6-C artificial disc can minimize stress to adjacent discs and other vertebral structures. 

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