TECHNICAL PAPERS: Bone/Orthopedics

Comparison of Cervical Disk Implants and Cervical Disk Fusion Treatments in Human Cadaveric Models

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M. A. Davies

Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223madavies@uncc.edu

S. C. Bryant, S. P. Larsen

Mechanical Engineering & Engineering Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University City Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28223

D. B. Murrey, D. S. Nussman, E. B. Laxer, B. V. Darden

Charlotte Spine Center, Charlotte Orthopedic Research Institute, Randolph Rd., Charlotte, NC 28203

J Biomech Eng 128(4), 481-486 (Jan 10, 2006) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2205373 History: Received January 10, 2005; Revised January 10, 2006

Articulating cervical disk implants have been proposed as an alternative to disk fusion in the treatment of cervical disk disease. To examine the mechanical effect of articulating cervical disk implants (ACDI) versus simulated cervical disk fusion, a mechanical test device was constructed and cadaveric tests were carried out. While results show little effect on the pressures above and below the treatment level, the percent hysteretic behavior of the specimens trended to be higher for the ACDI, indicating that these implants retain more of the natural energy absorption capability of the cervical spine.

Copyright © 2006 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Figure 1

(a) Apparatus and major components and (b) direction of motion

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Figure 2

(a) Anterior view of prepared and “potted” specimen and (b) lateral radiograph of prepared specimen

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Figure 3

Angular deflection versus load curves for (a) untreated specimen and (b) treated specimen

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Figure 4

Representative motions of one specimen in extension for (a) no treatment, (b)PRODISC®, and (c) simulated fusion

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Figure 5

Comparison of maximum flexion angles for the different treatment types

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Pressure measurements showing (a) the mean maximum pressure changes in flexion and (b) the conditions of greater loading used in testing the final specimen

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Figure 7

Mean percent hysteresis per treatment type for all specimens



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