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A unique device, the disc space-fitted distraction device, for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: early clinical and radiological evaluation

OBJECT: To perform interbody distraction and to obtain spinal curvature correction during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF), the authors recently adopted a new stand-alone device, a disc space-fitted distraction device (DFDD). In this preliminary report the authors introduce this unique device and discuss some advantages in terms of short-term clinical and radiological evaluations. METHODS: The most unique aspect of the DFDD is the function of gentle distraction at anterior disc space with maximum lordotic correction of up to 8 degrees while rotating a screw at the front of the device. Additional advantages are related to its configuration such as disc space-matched shape in all dimensions, tapering contour for easy insertion into the disc space, multiple spikes to avoid dislodgment, wider contact area to the vertebral endplate for diminishing sinking process, and sufficient space for accommodation of bone-conductive materials. Twenty-four patients who have been observed more than 12 months after ACDF were involved in this evaluation. RESULTS: The objective clinical outcome, measured by the Neurological Cervical Spine Scale, was significantly improved. In radiological evaluation, statistically significant improvement compared with preoperative values was noted on the curvature index, C2-7 curvature, and disc angle (p < 0.01) throughout the entire postoperative period, up to 12 months. A high fusion rate and remodeling process around the implants were also observed. CONCLUSIONS: The DFDD may have some advantages over other devices-its distraction action, diminished sinking, and early solid bone union resulted in maintaining sufficient correction of the spinal curvature. This corrected spinal curvature may play an important role in preventing progressive adjacent-disc degeneration subsequent to ACDF in the long term Keywords : Adult,Cervical Vertebrae,diagnostic imaging,Diskectomy,Equipment Design,Female,Humans,instrumentation,Lordosis,methods,Neurosurgery,Orthopedic Fixation Devices,Patients,Postoperative Period,Radiography,Spinal Fusion,Spine,surgery,Time Factors,Treatment Outcome,, Unique,Device,Disc,Spacefitted, harley street underground

Date of Publication : 2010 Apr

Authors : Tani S;Nagashima H;Isoshima A;Akiyama M;Ohashi H;Tochigi S;Abe T;

Organisation : Department of Neurosurgery, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. tani@jikei.ac.jp

Journal of Publication : J Neurosurg Spine

Pubmed Link : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20367369

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