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Cervical disc arthroplasty: Pros and cons.

TitelCervical disc arthroplasty: Pros and cons.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMoatz, B, Tortolani, JP
JournalSurgical neurology international
IssueSuppl 3
Date Published2012
SchlüsselwörterBandscheibenprothese, zervical
Abstract BACKGROUND: Cervical disc arthroplasty has emerged as a promising potential alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) in appropriately selected patients. Despite a history of excellent outcomes after ACDF, the question as to whether a fusion leads to adjacent segment degeneration remains unanswered. Numerous US investigational device exemption trials comparing cervical arthroplasty to fusion have been conducted to answer this question. METHODS: This study reviews the current research regarding cervical athroplasty, and emphasizes both the pros and cons of arthroplasty as compared with ACDF. RESULTS: Early clinical outcomes show that cervical arthroplasty is as effective as the standard ACDF. However, this new technology is also associated with an expanding list of novel complications. CONCLUSION: Although there is no definitive evidence that cervical disc replacement reduces the incidence of adjacent segment degeneration, it does show other advantages; for example, faster return to work, and reduced need for postoperative bracing.
Alternate JournalSurg Neurol Int
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PubMed ID22905327
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