Barbara Cappelletto, Fabrizia Giorgiutti, Claudio Veltri, Massimo A. Trevigne, Paolo Facchin, Paolo Del Fabro

November 2013, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 894 - 899 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-013-3023-y

First Online: 18 September 2013


The purpose of this retrospective analysis is to determine whether disc prosthesis replacement can be equivalent or superior compared with the disc interbody fusion.


Between January, 2005 and June, 2011 we performed microdiscetomy by the anterior approach in 176 patients. We subdivided the total set of patients into two groups. Group A is made up of 84 patients in whom the prosthetic disc was implanted; Group B is made up of 92 patients in whom disc fusion was performed.


In both groups, the radicular pain disappeared and the signs of spinal cord compression improved or remained stable. Patients of Group A required significantly fewer days of hospitalization and shorter absence from work, and had significant lower scores in the Neck Disability Index (NDI) at 12 months.


Our experience demonstrates that the use of disc prosthesis is a safe and effective alternative to interbody fusion.

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