Neck Surgery Patient is First in Illinois to Receive Newly Approved Artificial Disc

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DuPage Neurosurgery announces the treatment of the first Illinois neck surgery patient with an artificial cervical disc implant performed by Dr. Douglas Johnson. The implant instruments for the BRYAN Cervical Disc were recently approved by the FDA on September 13th, allowing doctors to perform the implant procedure and offer patients an improved alternative to spinal fusion. The successful procedure led by Dr. Johnson of DuPage Neurosurgery took place at Central DuPage Hospital on October 1st.

The BRYAN disc provides for restoration of a near normal range of motion for a cervical disc space. It is a major advance in cervical spine surgery.
Dr. Johnson

November 15, 2012 – DuPage Neurosurgery (http://www.dpns.md) announces the treatment of the first Illinois neck surgery patient with an artificial cervical disc implant performed by Dr. Douglas Johnson. The implant instruments for the BRYAN Cervical Disc were recently approved by the FDA on September 13th, allowing doctors to perform the implant procedure and offer patients an improved alternative to spinal fusion. The successful procedure led by Dr. Johnson of DuPage Neurosurgery took place at Central DuPage Hospital on October 1st.

“There has been a continuing interest by many surgeons to be able to offer a surgical approach that could restore spinal function,” said Dr. Johnson. “The BRYAN disc provides for restoration of a near normal range of motion for a cervical disc space. It is a major advance in cervical spine surgery.”

The BRYAN Cervical Disc offers patients significant advantages over the option of spinal fusion. Patients experience a shorter recovery time and no immobilization, enabling immediate movement in their head and neck following the implant procedure. The recovery is less restricted and patients can return to a normal lifestyle within a few weeks versus months with a fusion surgery. The titanium disc also allows for future MRI imaging.

The BRYAN Disc was developed by Medtronic, a manufacturer of medical technology, and the disc itself was FDA approved in 2009 to treat single-level cervical disc disease. Now, the newly approved ACD Instrument Set allows surgeons to implant the BRYAN disc using a simple, modernized surgical technique.

“The most important part of the surgery is the decompression of the spinal cord, but wound closure, the second part of the procedure, now can be performed to allow a return to a more normal range of motion. Previously, range of motion was restricted due to immobilization of the disc segment caused by conventional fusion techniques,” said Dr. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson was instrumental in developing the neuroscience services at Central DuPage Hospital, now Cadence Health. He was recently selected to be named in Chicago Magazine’s list of top doctors. For additional information about DuPage Neurosurgery, contact their offices at 630-858-5400 or visit their website at http://www.dpns.md.

About DuPage Neurosurgery
DuPage Neurosurgery (DPNS) offers a truly personal approach to caring for patients with problems associated with the nervous system, fully recognizing that styles and needs vary from patient to patient. The specialists at DPNS treat each patient with unrivaled, compassionate medical care and sophisticated technical expertise, presenting a welcomed choice in the world of tightly scheduled, highly regulated medicine. Patient education and active patient participation are hallmarks of our approach. We help our patients and their families understand and manage their conditions by discussing treatment options and providing comprehensive information about treatment pathways. Dr. Johnson has been treating patients, providing operative and non-operative neurosurgical care for nearly two decades. He completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Chicago, is board certified in neurological surgery and earned a PhD in pharmacology.

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