About Mobi-C Procedure in Fort Worth

Cervical Spine Center: About Mobi-C

Mobi-C Cervical Disc is one of the most widely used cervical discs in the world. Having a greater success rate, Mobi-C is an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Five years after the Mobi-C Clinical Trial, it had a 63 percent success rate to fusion’s 34 percent success rate. Thus, our cervical spine centers offer Mobi-C procedure in Forth Worth and Hurst.

Comparison of Mobi-C and Fusion

When patients had pain from a herniated disc, they would typically receive a fusion. In fusion surgery, the disc is removed. Then either a bone spacer or a plastic implant is placed in the disc space. This restores disc height and removes pressure on the pinched nerves or spinal cord.

Holding the implant in place are a metal plate and screws located on the front of the neck. Because it’s fused, the affected area will no longer move. Doing this procedure not only causes the patient to lose motion, but also it can add stress on the spinal levels above and below it. This can cause degeneration at those levels and potentially result in another surgery in the future.

When a doctor uses an artificial disc-like Mobi-C instead of a fusion, it’s put in the same place as a fusion would be. It also restores height and takes pressure off of the pinched nerves. Unlike a fusion, the Mobi-C device is designed to allow the neck to maintain normal motion. Because of this, it can potentially prevent the levels above and below it from degenerating. As a result, it can prevent future surgeries.

In the clinical trial, 16 percent of fusion patients received follow-up surgeries. Only 3.8 percent of those receiving Mobi-C had subsequent surgery. Furthermore, the mean return to work time was 21 days shorter for Mobi-C patients compared to fusion patients.

Mobi-C Cervical Disc Facts

  • First and only cervical disc in the U.S. approved to treat more than one level of the cervical spine.
  • Spares the bone from chiseling and drilling.
  • First implanted in November 2004.
  • Implanted in more than 40,000 spinal levels and 25 countries.
  • Underwent an FDA clinical trial in 2006 with 647 levels implanted.
  • Received FDA approval in 2013 for one and two-level indications.

Potential Patients Who May Qualify for Mobi-C

Our Mobi-C surgery in Fort Worth Mobi-C is intended for adult patients with arm pain and/or neurological symptoms such as weakness or numbness. They may or may not have neck pain at one or two adjacent levels from C3 – C7 in the cervical spine.

Before investigating Mobi-C, patients should try non-surgical care such as physical therapy or medications for at least 6 weeks. If these do not work or they show signs of symptoms getting progressively worse, then Mobi-C may be an option. Prior to moving forward with the cervical disc, a doctor needs to confirm disc damage by reviewing CT, MRI or x-ray images.


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