Now known for her penchant for over the top hats, a resemblance to one of the evil stepsisters in Disney’s Cinderella and as a secondary royal wild child (nothing compared to Prince Harry), Princess Eugenie now 22 years old has grown up not only under the strict guidance of the royal family, and thus the public eye, but has also managed a successful life despite coping with acute form of scoliosis.
Electing to have spinal surgery in 2002, the 12 year old princess managed to avoid the spinal fusion treatment option and instead found success with insertion of rods into her back. Because Princess Eugenie had only one main vertebrae affected by her scoliosis, she was able to avoid immobility and rigidity associated with spinal fusion surgery.
But not all of us are as lucky as Eugenie. Besides the title of princess only belonging to a select few in the world, those suffering from spinal injuries often do not also have the luxury of it only affecting one vertebrae, making spinal fusion surgery much more of possibility. However, with the various risks and restrictions associated with spinal fusion surgery, motion preservation surgery has become increasingly sought after as an alternative treatment option.
Because traditional spinal fusion surgery eliminates the movement of the affected joint, motion preservation surgery seeks to preserve the function of the joint while still treating the injury to the spine and the associated pain.
How Does Motion Preservation Surgery Work?
Motion Preservation Surgery is a relatively new technique, predicated on the use of a stainless steel artificial cervical disc which allows for continued natural rotation of the spine while providing both relief and treatment to the affected area. Most often back and neck pain are caused by the compression of the nerve because of increased pressure from the disc. Motion Preservation surgery removes the disc causing pressure on the nerve and replaces said disc with the artificial disc.
This procedure is a multi-step process and begins by removing the injured disc in pieces, thereby decompressing the affected nerve. After the disc is removed, small incisions are made on the upper and lower vertebrae of the injured area. These incisions are what hold the new component in place.
After the incisions are made, the new stainless steel artificial disc can be put into place, allowing for the continued use of the joint’s full functions. This is large departure from the standard spinal fusion surgery, which unlike motion preservation surgery, removes the injured disc and without replacement fusing the upper and lower vertebrae together and prohibiting any independent movement of either vertebrae.
Are You a Candidate for Motion Preservation Surgery