A MTOT disc is a medical device used to treat spinal cord compression. It is made up of two metal discs that are fitted between the vertebrae in the spine. The discs work by compressing the spinal cord and preventing it from being squashed. This helps to reduce or prevent pain, numbness, and other symptoms caused by compression.
The discs work by compressing the spinal cord and preventing it from being squashed. This helps to reduce or prevent pain, numbness, and other symptoms caused by compression.
Anyone who has experienced compression of the spinal cord can benefit from a MTOT disc. This includes people with spinal cord compression caused by:
The discs are implanted using a laminectomy. During a laminectomy, the surgeon creates a small opening in the bone at the back of your spine called the lamina. This part of the vertebrae protects and covers the spinal cord as it runs through your back to your arms and legs. By creating an opening in this bone, surgeons allow access to other parts of the spine.
The actual implants used in a MTOT disc procedure vary depending on your specific health and anatomy. The implants may be:
A MTOT disc can provide effective pain relief for people suffering from spinal cord compression. The procedure is minimally invasive and does not involve any cutting into the actual spinal column, which can reduce risk of damage or injury to the spinal cord itself.
Before you have a MTOT disc implant, you will need a variety of tests. The most common of these is the myelogram. During this procedure, your surgeon injects dye into the spinal canal and then takes X-rays to determine whether or not compression is present.
In addition to a myelogram, you may also require:
After a MTOT disc implant, you will need to recover in the hospital for 1 or 2 days. During this time, your pain may be managed with medication such as opioids and NSAIDs (pain relievers). You will also receive physical therapy during this time to help strengthen your back and improve your range of motion.
Most people are able to return to their normal activities within 2 to 4 weeks. However, it may take up to 6 months for all the pain to disappear. You should speak with your surgeon about what to expect following surgery.