Dr. Cuéllar believes in maintaining spinal motion whenever possible. If a spinal intervertebral disc has failed and needs to be removed, the best way to maintain spinal motion may be to perform an artificial disc replacement:
Shown above is the XRAY of a two-level cervical total disc replacement performed using the Medtronic Prestige LP device*
(*Dr. Cuéllar does not endorse one manufacturer’s artificial disc replacement device over another)
An experienced patient himself, Dr. Cuéllar understands the importance of non-operative treatments when appropriate, and tailoring care to each individual patient’s needs and goals. Dr. Cuéllar will take the time you need to discuss all options available and explain recommendations in detail using diagrams, spine models and video as needed. He understands how difficult it is for a patient to have surgery and he therefore recommends surgery only as a last resort when non-operative treatments have failed.
Disclaimer: Dr. Cuellar is here to help with your medical condition. However, any medical advice dispensed on this website is not an official medical opinion because the doctor has not performed an in-person history and examination. If you need specific medical advice, please make an office appointment.