This policy statement included several examples and case studies of information that showed the differences between artificial disc replacement surgery and anterior cervical fusion. The policy statement highlights the advantages that disc replacement surgery has over cervical fusion surgery, for which the Artificial Disc Institute, a network of elite spinal surgeons, would like to applaud.
Perhaps the most important point covered in the statement is the fact that disc replacement surgery has a higher success rate than cervical implants, which are more likely to fail. Disc replacement surgery also has a shorter recovery and waiting period, since patients won't need to wait for fusion to take place, according to the statement. Once the recovery period passes, the implant is totally functional.
In addition to these advantages, disc replacement surgery also offers such benefits as allowing patients to maintain or increase their range of motion, and reducing the likelihood that they will need additional surgery. The report also points out that disc replacement surgery doesn't require titanium screws.
This policy statement will help make the public more aware of the differences between these two procedures, allowing them to fully examine what treatment options they have in regards to spinal surgery.
The purpose of this policy statement is to not only inform the public, but also to show the insurance industry the positive benefits of disc replacement surgery and its advantages over cervical fusion surgeries. By informing the insurance industry, the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery hopes to expedite their approval of the treatment.
Mike Elkanich, an M.D. with the Artificial Disc Institute, said, "Hopefully after this policy statement, the disc replacement procedure will be covered by more insurance providers, making it more readily available to the public."
The Artificial Disc Institute is a network of elite spinal surgeons that provide artificial disc replacement procedures. For more information please call 866-623-4583, or email info(at)artificaldiscinstitute.com
Mike Elkanich , M.D.
Mike Elkanich , M.D.