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Neck FAQ

Question:

Does cervical disc replacement instead of cervical fusion make sense?

Answer:

The authors of a recent study found 43 to 47 percent of the patients they studied would have met the criteria for cervical disc replacement. This is much greater than for the lumbar spine. They found that studies indicate less than one to five percent of patients met the criteria for lumbar disc replacement. J.D. Auerbach et al. The prevalence of indications and contraindications to cervical total disc replacement. SpineJ. September 2008. Volume 8. Issue 5. Pp. 711-716.

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