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Is C7-T1 Cervical Disc Replacement A Viable Technique: A Case Series – Cervical Disc Replacement

The article discusses the safety and efficacy of cervical disc replacement (CDR) surgery at the cervicothoracic junction (C7-T1), which is currently not approved by the FDA. The study presents a case series of seven patients who underwent CDR at C7-T1 and evaluates their outcomes. The average follow-up was 18.9 months, and the patients reported significant improvement in their symptoms, with only one case of a complication. The study concludes that C7-T1 CDR can be a reasonable alternative to fusion and provides valuable data on clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. However, further research with a larger sample size and longer follow-up periods is necessary to establish long-term success

Summarised by Mr Mo Akmal – Lead Spinal Surgeon
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These seven cases dramatically increase the volume of data in the literature on clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction following CDR at the cervicothoracic junction. Additionally, the heterogeneity of cases shows the effectiveness of this treatment in many real-world cases. A greater volume of cases with longer follow up will be necessary to better establish long-term clinical success.

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Abstract Introduction: Cervical disc replacement (CDR) surgery is well established for the treatment of disc degeneration from C3-C7, but there is little data regarding the safety and efficacy of CDR at the cervicothoracic junction, C7-T1. CDR is an appealing option, in terms of range of motion preservation, symptom relief, and absence of risk for nonunion.,

Abstract

Introduction: Cervical disc replacement (CDR) surgery is well established for the treatment of disc degeneration from C3-C7, but there is little data regarding the safety and efficacy of CDR at the cervicothoracic junction, C7-T1. CDR is an appealing option, in terms of range of motion preservation, symptom relief, and absence of risk for nonunion. Currently, C7-T1 CDR is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and the existing literature is limited to two case reports that describe the results of a combined two patients. This series explores whether C7-T1 CDR is a reasonable treatment and alternative to fusion.

Methods: We present a case series of seven consecutive patients who underwent CDR at C7-T1 by a single surgeon from January to December of 2019. There were five females and two males with an average age of 61.3 ± 6.4 years.

Results: Average follow up was 18.9 ± 2.5 months. The average postoperative NDI score was 22.6 % ± 14.0. We also recorded qualitative data regarding patient satisfaction and revision surgery status. There was one complication of disc subsidence following three months of complete pain resolution. The six other patients reported being very satisfied with their surgical outcome.

These seven cases dramatically increase the volume of data in the literature on clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction following CDR at the cervicothoracic junction. Additionally, the heterogeneity of cases shows the effectiveness of this treatment in many real-world cases. A greater volume of cases with longer follow up will be necessary to better establish long-term clinical success.

Keywords: Cervical disc replacement; Spine surgery.

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Is C7-T1 cervical disc replacement a viable technique: A case series

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Abstract Introduction: Cervical disc replacement (CDR) surgery is well established for the treatment of disc degeneration from C3-C7, but there is little data regarding the safety and efficacy of CDR at the cervicothoracic junction, C7-T1. CDR is an appealing option, in terms of range of motion preservation, symptom relief, and absence of risk for nonunion.

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