About ProDisc


ProDisc is a Total Disc Replacement (TDR) technology platform that offers a surgical alternative to fusion to qualified patients suffering from disc degeneration in the cervical and lumbar spine. ProDisc implants are intended to relieve pain while allowing the potential for motion at the diseased spinal segment.

Synthes Spine is currently the only company in the United States to offer Total Disc Replacement devices for both the cervical and lumbar spine:

  • About ProDisc-L: Total Disc Replacement for the lumbar spine (single level from L3-S1)
  • About ProDisc-C: Total Disc Replacement for the cervical spine (single level from C3-C7)

ProDisc Clinical History

The first generation ProDisc lumbar implant was first implanted in a human in 1990.The implant design was refined based on early clinical experience, and the current generation ProDisc-L implant 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.

The ProDisc-C implant was developed based on the same design principles as the ProDisc-L implant. The first ProDisc-C Total Disc Replacement surgery was performed in Europe in 2002. It was approved by the FDA for use in the United States in December 2007.

ProDisc Design

ProDisc-C and ProDisc-L share the same proven design features.

Feature Rationale ProDisc-L ProDisc-C
Ball and Socket Controlled, predictable motion
Central Keel Primary fixation
Titanium Coating Secondary fixation
CoCrMo/Poly Proven arthroplasty materials
Zero Profile Profile within the disc space


Surgeons wishing to offer ProDisc to their patients must first successfully complete a product-specific surgeon education program provided by Synthes Spine





 ProDisc-L Animation


 ProDisc-C Animation


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