Design of the PROCON trial: a prospective, randomized multi-center study comparing cervical anterior discectomy without fusion, with fusion or with arthroplasty.

By London Spine

Design of the PROCON trial: a prospective, randomized multi-center study comparing cervical anterior discectomy without fusion, with fusion or with arthroplasty.

BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2006;7:85

Authors: Bartels RH, Donk R, van der Wilt GJ, Grotenhuis JA, Venderink D

PROCON was designed to assess the clinical outcome, development of adjacent disc disease and costs of cervical anterior discectomy without fusion, with fusion using a stand alone cage and implantation of a Bryan’s disc prosthesis. Description of rationale and design of PROCON trial and discussion of its strengths and limitations.

PMID: 17096851 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]