The first artificial cervical disc was recently approved by the FDA for general use. The operation to implant these devices is just like an anterior cervical fusion, but instead of a bone graft and a metal plate, the artificial disc is implanted. Currently we have evidence that these devices help patients at least as well as fusions. The surgery to implant these devices is only indicated in certain specific clinical situations. To find out if you are a candidate for this operation, you must consult with a qualified surgeon. Our surgeons were the first to implant these devices in Montana. We have been involved in multiple FDA clinical trials, which evaluate the safety and efficacy of these devices. This is an exciting technology but it is not for everyone.