Cervical Disc Arthroplasty

  • Blake M. Bodendorfer
  • Ashley E. MacConnell
  • S. Babak Kalantar


Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has a long track record of pain relief and positive patient-reported outcomes for patients with degenerative disc disease and spondylosis. However, there is a growing desire to preserve motion while relieving pain to prevent future adjacent segment degeneration and pseudoarthrosis. An FDA-approved treatment that has been growing in popularity recently is cervical total disc arthroplasty (TDA), which has proven positive long-term outcomes with strict adherence to indications and contraindications. Patients with single-level and two-level cervical disease should be assessed for infection, osteoporosis, axial neck pain, severe spondylosis or instability, facet arthropathy, less than 3 mm of disc space, and greater than 15° of kyphotic deformity since these are all contraindications to the procedure. In a few randomized controlled trials comparing ACDF and cervical TDA, arthroplasty has demonstrated superiority as far out as 10 years.


Cervical disc arthroplasty (CDA) Total disc arthroplasty (TDA) Cervical disc replacement (CDR) Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) Laminoplasty Motion preservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blake M. Bodendorfer
    • 1
  • Ashley E. MacConnell
    • 2
  • S. Babak Kalantar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryMedStar Georgetown Univeristy HospitalWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine, Georgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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