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Cervical Total Disc Replacement Versus Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion

By Admin | March 09, 2016

Researchers conducted a five-year study to determine whether cervical total disc replacement (TDR) carries less risk of subsequent surgical intervention at the five-year follow-up compared to the anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) procedure when used for treatment of symptomatic degenerative disc disease.

The results of the prospective, multicenter, randomized, unblinded clinical trial show that patients who underwent TDR did indeed have less chance of a subsequent surgical intervention.

“Several authors have hypothesized that TDR may reduce the incidence of adjacent-segment degeneration compared with ACDF as a consequence of maintaining segmental motion and stress profiles,” researchers wrote in the study.

For the numbers and additional information about the study, read “Cervical total disc replacement may lead to fewer adjacent-level procedures than ACDF” posted on Healio Spine Surgery Today.

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