If you’ve been told you have a herniated disc in your neck or low back, the natural thing would be to go to the Internet to learn your treatment options. You may also have been told you need a spinal fusion to permanently fix the herniated disc.
Many people though may be under the impression that the disc is being repaired during this surgery, when in fact the disc is being removed from between the vertebrae, and a piece of bone is installed in its place, along with a plate and screws, permanently locking the vertebrae together.
During that search you may learn that spinal fusion procedure is a common treatment for herniations in the low back, simply because artificial discs for the low back are still evolving and improving.
In the neck, however, there have been many advances over the past five year, along with corresponding research that is now favoring the benefits of artificial disc surgery for the neck.