Title

History of cervical disc arthroplasty

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Enthusiasm for cervical disc arthroplasty is based on the premise that motion-preserving devices attenuate the progression of adjacent-segment disease (ASD) in the cervical spine. Arthrodesis, on the other hand, results in abnormal load transfer on adjacent segments, leading to the acceleration of ASD. It has taken several decades of pioneering work to produce clinically relevant devices that mimic the kinematics of the intervertebral disc. The goal of this work is to trace the origins of cervical arthroplasty technology and highlight the attributes of devices currently available in the market.

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Publication Title

Neurosurgical Focus

E-ISSN

10920684

Volume

27

Issue

3

PubMed ID

19722812

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.3171/2009.6.FOCUS09128

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