June 25, 2014
Las Palmas Medical Center recently became the first private hospital in El Paso to perform a two-level cervical disc replacement procedure using an artificial disc, the Mobi-C, which was recently approved by the FDA. It is the first and only artificial disc approved in the United States to treat more than one level of the cervical spine.
“This procedure helps patients suffering from painful, degenerative discs in their cervical spine,” Hank Hernandez, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “This new technology is truly life changing for many patients and another example of the hospital’s commitment to providing high-level care to the community.”
The Mobi-C alleviates pain caused by degenerated discs by restoring height and removing pressure on the pinched nerves, similar to a traditional cervical fusion procedure. It also contains unique Mobile Core Technology that allows its polyethylene core to self-adjust to cervical spine movements.
Since 2008, surgeons from William Beaumont Army Medical Center have worked with Las Palmas Medical Center to provide treatment for soldiers using medical practices, including robotic surgery techniques, and they are now able to perform this new disc replacement procedure. The collaboration provides Fort Bliss surgeons and patients with access to this leading-edge technology.