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Track record for Prodisc-c?

I need surgery for C-7 herniated disc. Dr. says they use the newest product of Prodisc-C. My brother had the same operation in 1987 and they used cadaver bone which eventually collapsed. He wish he had requested his own bone but number of doctors didn't do this as extra time and patients complaining about more pain from the extract then the neck surgery itself made them shy away from it. My brother noted the Prodisc-C is a relatively new product here in the states and for me to research it's history. He specifically noted that neck surgery is pretty much a one shot deal as a 2nd surgery is highly discouraged. He said the metal plates surgery is the "gold standard" as many older surgeons have perfected their skill with it. Newer surgeons may be using the Prodisc-c but may not have yet perfect their skill level as it's relatively new here in the states. Prodisc-c may become the "gold standard " 5-10 years but it's track record is yet known. Comments?

Brian B


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