The placement of an artificial intervertebral disk can provide better functional results than spinal fusion in treating select patients with discogenic pain and spine instability, according to findings recently presented at the North American Spine Society's annual meeting, in Seattle.
The device, called the ProDisc-L (Synthes Spine Inc, West Chester, Penn), was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August for the treatment of pain associated with degenerative disk disease.
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