Neurospinal Disorders Research

Clinical Research

Artificial Disc Replacement for the Cervical Spine
Arthroplasty for the cervical spine has recently been made possible by advances in disc replacement technology. In the largest multi-center study ever performed for cervical disc replacement surgery, results demonstrated distinct advantage for cervical arthroplasty over other treatment options, including improved motion preservation and clinical outcomes. Praveen Mummaneni, MD, was the lead author of the study, which has been published in Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. The device will be used to treat herniated discs or spondylosis causing radiculopathy. Dr. Mummaneni serves as a regional instructor for the PRESTIGE® artificial cervical disc.


Artificial Disc Replacement for the Lumbar Spine
Faculty in the Neurospinal Disorders Program at UCSF are leading experts in disc replacement surgery and have been involved in several trials of arthroplasty for the lumbar spine. Disc replacement may resolve pain resulting from single-level degenerative disc disease without transferring stress to adjacent levels of the spine, preserving a greater range of motion than other treatments. Christopher Ames, MD, serves as a regional instructor for the Charité® artificial lumbar disc, which has the longest clinical experience of any artificial disc and was approved by the FDA in 2004.