Your contact partners
in this area:
Prof. <br /> Dr. med. habil.<br /> Georg Matziolis
Dr. med. habil.
Georg Matziolis

Senior Consultant of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery

Acting holder of the Chair for Orthopaedics of the FSU Jena at the Waldkrankenhaus Eisenberg

036691 8-1002

Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Patrick Strube
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Patrick Strube

Head of department spinal column

Specialist for othopaedics and accident surgery

Specialist Registrar's Office
Gabi Geier

036691 8-1439

Cervical spine disc prosthesis

A movement-preserving treatment option for slipped discs and bony stenosis of the cervical spine. The preserved mobility of the segment must be demonstrated before this treatment is carried out.

The main indications for the implantation of cervical disc prostheses are “soft” disc prolapses and “hard” root compression syndromes in younger patients. Disc prostheses are a good alternative for strengthening mobile segments and are used to relieve neighbouring segments and avoid follow-on problems.

If conservative treatment fails to resolve the problem, or if neurological deficits are increasing and there is evidence of compression on MRI scan, surgery is indicated.

The disc prosthesis is made up of three parts:

  • A baseplate made from titanium for the upper vertebra
  • A cover plate made from titanium for the lower vertebra
  • A disc prosthesis made from polyethylene.

The operation is performed with the patient lying on their back. Following an approximately 3 cm long skin incision, the area is prepared to the right of the mid-line. Preparation is carried out without any sharp instruments. The blood vessels are moved to the side, while the trachea and oesophagus are moved to the middle. 

The disc compartment is evacuated under the microscope. The rear longitudinal ligament, the disc prolapse and bony narrowings are removed. The size is determined using a sample implant. The final disc prosthesis is then inserted. The special surface properties of the prostheses allow them to integrate into the neighbouring vertebrae.

The cervical spine does not need to be immobilised with an orthosis. The patient is able to stand up the following day. The in-patient stay to be expected for this procedure is around five days.


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