Total Disc Replacement
Long-term data are now available to support the safety and efficacy of lumbar total disc replacement (TDR). Five-year randomized and controlled trials, meta-analyses, and observational studies support a similar or lower risk of complications with lumbar TDR compared with fusion. The panel concluded that published data on commercially available lumbar TDR devices demonstrate minimal concerns with late-onset complications, and that the risk of adjacent segment degeneration and reoperations can be reduced with lumbar TDR versus fusion. Survey results of surgeon practice experiences supported the evidence, revealing a low rate of complications with TDR. Panelists acknowledged the importance of adhering to selection criteria to help minimize patient complications. See the full artical at Total Disc Replacement Review in 2017.