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"new hardware"

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,662
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I posted a few weeks ago after my surgery about a new type of hardware used. I have a pic of my xray and wondered if anyone had ever seen this. I totally forgot to ask NS the name of it..duhh. The lower disc is the one I am referring to. I will try and attach a pic. Thanks



  • Wow, I have never seen anything like that. That is interesting.

  • Me neither, I have never seen one of those in anyone else's x-ray. Cool.

    Christina :)
  • an x-stop device? I have no idea - just guessing.

    I never really thought about how they secure the neck; lumbar fusions with instrumentation use pedicle screws which go through the pedicle first and then into the vertebrae. Do cervical screws do the reverse? It doesn't look like they go beyond the vertebral body.

    Interesting stuff and a great picture, Susan - thanks for posting it! :)
  • An artificial disc? The bottom hardware looks like it is just some kind of a spacer, not a plate. I've never seen an ADR, but that would be my "guess".

    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
  • Hi,
    My NS was planning on removing my old plate on 5-6 to use on 6-7 but could not without making a large vertical incision and did not want to do that. The first plate was all the way at the bottom of c6 so putting a traditional plate on was not possible. This device, if I remember correctly, still has a plate and donor bone is used but it is recessed instead of being on the outside of the vertebra. It has not been used much as I was the first in my state to have it.
  • Hopey,
    The picture that is on my profile shows the plate and screws that were removed from my first ACDF. They had to remove it to do the second ACDF because the old plate would have been in the way. You are correct the screws do not go beyond the vertebral body. The screws are about 5/8 of an inch long, the plate is about 1/8 of an inch thick, and my plate for my 2 level ACDF is 2 and 3/4 inches long. They do most cervical fusions from the front, and I think most lumbar ones from the back, less body parts to be moved around I would think.

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