David M. Mourning, MD

Back, Neck, Spine, Sports Medicine

Fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Mourning specializes in treating back, neck, and spine injuries and conditions, including disc herniations, lumbar and cervical stenosis, scoliosis, and fractures. His surgical expertise includes performing minimally invasive spine surgery, and he uses the latest techniques and procedures in order to help his patients regain their quality of life.

Dr. Mourning attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate studies, and he then went on to earn his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. He underwent his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Mourning completed an additional year of fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he focused exclusively on spine surgery.

Dr. Mourning enjoys running, snowboarding, mountain climbing, CrossFit, and spending time with his family.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Hospital Affiliations

  • Skagit Northwest Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Island Hospital

Mobi-C® Cervical Disc

SUPERIOR TO FUSION for two-level disc replacement
Mobi-C is an artificial disc, designed to maintain neck motion.


Mobi-C History

The Mobi-C Cervical Disc is one of the most widely used cervical discs in the world. First implanted in France in November 2004, Mobi-C has been implanted in more than 75,000 spinal levels in 25 countries.

A total of 599 patients were involved in the Mobi-C U.S. clinical trial, which represents the largest concurrent clinical trial ever conducted for cervical disc replacement. Mobi-C received FDA approval in August of 2013, making it the first cervical disc with both one and two-level indications.

Mobi-C – How it Works

Mobi-C contains patented mobile bearing technology that allows the polyethylene core to slide and rotate inside the disc for self-adjustment to the cervical spine movements. This means that Mobi-C can react to the normal motion in the cervical spine.

Mobi-C provides bone sparing fixation without chisel cuts into the small vertebral bodies of the cervical spine, making it bone sparing.

Mobi-C – Clinical Trial Results at 7-Years

In the one-level study, Mobi-C demonstrated non-inferiority to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) as reflected in the primary composite endpoint. In the two-level study Mobi-C demonstrated SUPERIORITY to ACDF in the primary composite endpoint. Key results from the two-level study include:

  • Overall trial success was 60.8% for Mobi-C and 34.6% for fusion, which represents statistical superiority (p=0.0002).
  • The rate of subsequent surgeries at the operated level for Mobi-C was 5.6% versus 17.1% for fusion.
  • The percentage of subjects who demonstrated clinically relevant adjacent segment degeneration (determined by x-ray) was:
    • 5.3% of Mobi-C patients compared to 40.0% of ACDF patients at the inferior adjacent level
    • 11.0% of Mobi-C patients compared to 26.7% of ACDF patients at the superior adjacent level
  • Mean return to work time was 20.9 days sooner for Mobi-C patients compared to fusion patients.

As with any surgery, complications may occur as a result of treatment. Potential complications following treatment with the Mobi-C include:

  • Pain in the neck, arm, back, shoulder, or head.
  • The feeling of pins and needles in the arms.
  • Difficulty swallowing.

Please visit www.cervicaldisc.com/aboutyourneck for a complete list of potential risks and benefits of Mobi-C surgery. Visit www.cervicaldisc.com/clinical-results for indications and detailed clinical results.

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– Larry M.

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