Does Design Matter? Cervical Disc Replacements Under Review
The present article reviews the design rationale of currently available cervical disc replacements. Recent prospective randomized control trials comparing cervical disc replacement and anterior fusion have demonstrated safety as well as equal or superior clinical results. Increasingly, more devices are becoming available on the market. Understanding design rationale will provide context for the surgeon to optimize decision making for the most appropriate prosthesis. Cervical arthroplasty is a technique that is undergoing rapid design refinement and development. Further improvements in device design will enable patient-specific device selection. Understanding the design rationale and complication profile of each device will improve clinical and radiographic outcomes.
Staudt, M., Das, K., & Duggal, N. (2018). Does Design Matter? Cervical Disc Replacements Under Review. Neurosurgical Review, 41 (2), 399-407. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10143-016-0765-0