Arthroplasty of the Spine
Robert Gunzburg, Michael Mayer, Marek Szpalski, Max Aebi
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 2, 2003 - Medical - 164 pages
Joint replacement is a logical step in the treatment of severe joint pathologies with irreversible lesions resisting conservative therapy. At the spinal level, arthrodesis became, very early, the gold standard of treatment for severe intervertebral disc pathologies. Theánext logical step was to envision functional replacement, and thisástep was taken as early as 1956, when the first intervertebral implant was described. However, it took many more years and a great variety of proposed implant designs before clinical applications could be attempted.
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