PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement implant is composed of top and bottom metal (cobalt chromium molybdenum) endplates and a plastic inlay (ultra-high molecular weight polyethlene) that form a ball and socket joint
PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement implant provides the possibility for motion by allowing the top endplate to move over the plastic ball attached to the bottom endplate. The materials used in PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement implant have been used in spinal disc replacement for over 20 years in Europe and are the most commonly used materials in knee and hip replacements worldwide.
PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement surgery is an alternative to anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), which is the surgery that is most commonly done for your condition.
In both the ACDF and PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement procedures the unhealthy disc is removed and the height at that level of your spine is restored to relieve pressure on the nerves and/or spinal cord. In an ACDF procedure, after the unhealthy disc is removed, the bones are fixed in position with implants and a bone graft.
In some ACDF procedure, the bone graft may come from your hip in a separate incision. After surgery, the two bones are supposed to grow together, creating one solid piece of bone and eliminating motion at that level of your spine. In PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement procedure, the device is inserted into the disc space to restore the height at that level of your spine, white potentially allowing some motion. PRODISC C Total Disc Replacement procedure does not require a bone graft.
Your spine is very important, it provides balance and allows you to move and bend. You would be unable to sit or stand without the support it provides. So when pain has taken over from injury or age you have options.
The PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement is an artificial disc replacement device for the lower spine designed to replace your unhealthy disc.
All of the materials used to make the PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement are materials frequently used in spine surgery. The PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement is a ball and socket implant consisting of two cobalt chromium molybdenum alloy (metal) endplates and one polyethylene inlay snap-locks into the lower endplate and provides the ball that rides in the socket of the upper endplate.
There are also keels (fins) on both endplates that are designed to help hold them in the vertebral bone. The metal surfaces that are in contact with the bone are also coated with titanium (a metal). This coating is designed to help the bone attach to the metal endplates.
The PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement is designed to allow motion in flexion and extension (bending forward and backward) as well as lateral bending (bending side to side); however, not all patients will achieve motion after treatment with the PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement.