Artificial Disc Replacement: Effective and Safe According to the California Technology Assessment Forum

Medscape, an Internet source for the latest medical news, clinical trial coverage, drug updates, and more, recently released an article in which the California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) was asked to review the safety and efficacy of artificial disc replacement surgery for neck pain treatment. Based on information from new clinical trials comparing artificial disc replacement to fusion surgery and literature, the research team determined that artificial cervical disc arthroplasty is both safe and effective for treating neck pain caused by cervical degenerative disc disease (DDD).
ONE Brain and Spine Center uses articles much like the ones released through Medscape to determine the best treatment plans for specific spine conditions. This article specified that artificial disc replacement surgery was successful for treating patients with the specific condition cervical degenerative disc disease. ONE Brain and Spine Center physicians Dr. Burak Ozgur works closely with patients of Irvine and other regions of California to determine the best course of action for treating brain and spine conditions.
The result of spinal spondylosis, cervical degenerative disc disease can cause the intervertebral discs to wear down and deteriorate. When this occurs, the vertebrae is more vulnerable to collapse and lead to irregular motion of the spine. Symptoms of this condition include neck pain, disc herniation, kyphosis, arm pain, and weakness. These symptoms can lead to spinal cord compressions, and sometimes myelopathy. Generally, DDD is more prevalent in individuals over the age of 55 years. In fact, 80 percent of people over 55 have some indication of DDD.
Three randomized trials were executed and compared cervical disc replacement to spinal fusion surgery (ACDF). After a two-year follow-up, the researchers determined that contrary to popular belief; cervical disc replacement was not inferior to fusion surgery, but rather superior. Researchers insist that long-term outcomes need to be examined to give full credit to artificial disc replacement surgery as the popular treatment for neck pain caused by DDD.
The researchers based their conclusions off of several criteria:
-The improvement must be attainable outside of the investigational setting
-The technology used (artificial disc) must be as beneficial as any established alternatives
-The technology must improve net health outcomes
-The scientific evidence must permit conclusions concerning the effectiveness of the technology regarding health outcomes (using the Neck Disability Index (NDI))
-The technology must have final approval from the appropriate government regulatory bodies
–The Prestige Cervical Disc- FDA approval in 2007
–The ProDisc-C- PMA clearance in 2007
–The Bryan Cervical Disc System- PMA clearance in 2009
To find out which technology held the highest results, read the full report at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/723132_4. Continue to turn to ONE Brain and Spine Center for the best medical advice concerning your brain and spine condition.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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