Jack Zigler

Expert: Why Disc Replacement Might Be Right for Your Patient

One of the most innovative technologies in spine surgery within the past 20 years has been the ability to replace a damaged cervical or lumbar disc with an artificial joint instead of a fusion. Because cervical and lumbar disc replacements were considered “novel technologies” by the FDA, multicenter randomized studies were required for approval of each new device before commercialization.  These studies were performed under rigorous governmental oversight. The first lumbar disc replacement studies in the US began in 2000, and cervical disc replacement studies started in 2002. Interested patients had to meet strict inclusion and exclusion criteria before they… Full Story