Monday, 21 September 2015 – Disc Replacement Specialist Dr. Karsten Ritter-Lang, with his team, presented a report on Outcomes for the Treatment of Degenerative Disc Disease in the Lumbar Spine Using Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar Disc Replacement implant at this year's International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, 15th Annual Conference.
At the conference Dr. Karsten Ritter-Lang's team reported significantly decreased back pain in both multi-level and single level Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement patients at two years using the Spinal Kinetics M6 Artificial Disc Replacement.
Unlike the early ball-in-socket disc replacement implants this advanced disc replacement implant The Spinal Kinetics M6 Artificial Disc Replacement, now available outside the US, offers improved end-plate fixation, reducing implant migration and the risk of revision surgery. These improved artificial disc replacement products also have motion control, to reduce the post-op hyper-activity and long term complications caused by the early ball-in-socket artificial disc replacement implants. These early implants have been found to stress facet joints, ligaments, and muscles causing future complications. These next generation artificial disc replacement products also have added the safety of shock absorption, to prevent injury to adjacent structures.
The multi-center, single arm, prospective post-market registry study of the Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement reported on patients who had completed at least 24 months of follow-up. The results of the paired pain tests indicated that both multi-level and single level artificial disc replacement groups were significantly improved after 24 months.
This is the first clinical study to report on two year clinical and radiographic outcomes of Artificial Disc Replacement surgery using the Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar disc replacement implant. The results showed significantly decreased back pain, initial device safety and effectiveness when used for the treatment of lumbar degenerative disc disease at one or more lumbar spine levels
Artificial Disc Replacement technology has come a long way and improved artificial disc replacement implants like the Spinal Kinetics M6 Cervical and Spinal Kinetics M6 Lumbar now provide a natural “Quality of Motion” unlike the early ball-in-socket disc replacement designs.
The goal of disc replacement is to return the patient to an active high quality life.
Disc Replacement, developed in Germany over 20 years ago, is now the new gold standard, and has all but eliminated the debilitating tragedy of spinal fusion (except in the US, where this process has been slowed by regulation).
Disc Replacement has now been taken to the next level, with improved implants (not yet available in the US) high risk revision surgeries have all but been eliminated, and disc replacement is now used to create multi-level solutions for both the lumbar and cervical spine. Even with fusion and adjacent to existing fusion!
Our surgeons can go beyond simple disc replacement or fusion to create a complete multi-level spine solution which can include combinations of the best disc replacment technology, stabilization, fusion, and other treatments, if needed.
Previous artificial disc replacement implants resulted in from 4-8% reoperation for device subsidence or migration. This concern has all but been eliminated with the Spinal Kinetics M6 Disc Replacement.
But what if the patient is still in pain, was the surgery a success? Since we could say that you as the patient are the judge of success and if you are still in pain we could say that the surgery was not a success. Most often this is how success rates are measured in medical studies. In fact the surgeon has done all that they can do and the implant is doing its job as it should. Then why are you still in pain? Disc Replacement surgery cannot repair spinal nerves. These nerves have suffered from trauma, compression, irritation and inflammation. In time and the bodies healing mechanisms will go to work and resolve this pain. Most patients will experience post-surgical pain caused by the distraction of the vertebrae or chronic pain, from years of pain signals to the brain. These conditions usually subside in 3 to 6 weeks.
Artificial disc replacement is not a new surgical procedure yet it may be new to many surgeons. Any surgeon can legally do a disc replacement procedure and some begin doing the procedure after a two-day course. These surgeons’ success rates become part of the world-wide success rate of the procedure.
Dr. Ritter-Lang and his team have 100% success since using the Spinal Kinetics Disc Replacement implant. No device failures, removals, migrations or complications that resulted in permanent damage or disability.