History of cervical disc arthroplasty

Ali A. Baaj, Juans Uribe, Fernando L. Vale, Mark C. Preul, Neil R. Crawford

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E10.1-E10.7
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Arthroplasty
  • Cervical spine
  • History of neurosurgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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