The ProDisc I implant, the predecessor of the ProDisc-L implant, was first implanted in 1990. The ProDisc-L implant that is used today was introduced outside the United States in 1999. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States in August 2006.
A ProDisc-L IDE clinical study evaluated the ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement surgery compared to spinal fusion surgery*. The study demonstrated that ProDisc-L surgery is a safe and effective alternative to fusion surgery* for qualified patients.
For more information about the ProDisc-L implant and procedure, please refer to the resources provided on the right. This information is not a replacement for professional medical advice. Only your surgeon is qualified to diagnose and treat your condition.
*The ProDisc-L surgery was compared to a “Circumferential” fusion surgery, which involves removing the diseased disc and inserting a disc spacer through an incision in the abdomen and attaching metal screws and rods to the back of the spine through incision(s) in the back.