Spring 2006 Issue

New Artificial Disc Study Seeks To Expand
Options For Patients With Degenerative Disc Disease
Kineflex™ Cervical & Lumbar Artificial Disc Implants To Be Studied

Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates continues to explore new innovations in spine surgery by participating in two new randomized clinical trials for the Kineflex cervical and lumbar artificial discs.
Kineflex Cervical Disc
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Kineflex Lumbar Disc
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The lumbar trial is evaluating the effectiveness of the new disc compared to the Charité™ lumbar artificial disc, which was approved by the FDA in 2004. In November of 2004, neurosurgeon Dom Coric, M.D., of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, performed the first implantation of a Charité lumbar artificial disc in North or South Carolina.

The cervical trial is comparing the effectiveness of the Kineflex disc to fusion surgery. Cervical spinal fusion surgery is often effective in reducing pain, but limits a patient’s range of motion and may transfer extra stress to other discs.

“Motion preservation is the driving force behind artificial disc technology,” said Dr. Coric. “With studies like the Kineflex trials, this technology will continue to be refined and improved. The purpose is to determine which artificial discs are viable alternatives to fusion surgery and also see which implants are more effective in specific situations.”

Dr. Coric also stated that in addition to exploring motion preservation options like artificial discs, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates seeks to offer the broadest spectrum of spinal care possible. This includes non-surgical care such as physiatry and physical therapy, along with minimally invasive procedures, complex surgery, and fusion procedures.

For more information about the Kineflex cervical and lumbar artificial disc clinical trials, go to www.spinalmotion.com, or contact Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates at 800-344-6716.

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