Artificial Disc Replacement for Degenerative Disc Disease of the Cervical Spine: A Technology Assessment

Judith Walsh, MD, MPH

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Abstract and Introduction

Introduction

The California Technology Assessment Forum (CTAF) has been asked to review the scientific literature on the safety and efficacy of artificial spinal disc replacement for the treatment of neck pain caused by cervical degenerative disc disease because of the publication of recent new clinical trials comparing artificial disc replacement with spinal fusion.

CTAF has previously reviewed the literature on the safety and efficacy of artificial spinal disc replacement for the treatment of low back pain caused by lumbar degenerative disc disease, but has not previously reviewed the literature for the treatment of neck pain caused by cervical degenerative disc disease.

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