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The clinical success of Total Disc Replacement (TDR) surgery is dependent upon many factors. Surgeons who perform TDR surgery must first understand patient selection criteria, implantation techniques and post-operative care procedures that are unique to TDR. The Synthes ProDisc training programs are designed to give surgeons information about identifying appropriate TDR candidates and implanting ProDisc devices.

Synthes offers separate courses for ProDisc-L (Lumbar) and ProDisc-C (Cervical). Only surgeons who have completed the relevant ProDisc training will be eligible to order ProDisc product. Once trained, surgeons will also gain access to:

  • Support from Field Technical Specialists

    These specialists have been in many ProDisc surgeries, and will attend cases to provide support and answer questions related to the ProDisc implantation technique.

  • ProDisc Reimbursement Assistance services

    This multi-dimensional reimbursement support program is provided by Synthes Spine to support both physician practices and patients.

  • ProDisc Surgeon Locator service for Patients

    Surgeons may elect to submit their profile for inclusion on the ProDisc Surgeon Locator page of the ProDisc Patient Website. ProDisc Surgeon Profiles will be displayed when the surgeon profile data matches search criteria entered on the ProDisc Surgeon Locator page.

The goal of the Synthes ProDisc education program is to offer surgeons resources that allow them to deliver the highest quality patient care possible.

Training Programs


ProDisc trainings are provided by Synthes Spine. No CME credits will be awarded for attending ProDisc courses. Upon completion of a ProDisc Forum or Observership, participants will be eligible to receive relevant ProDisc product from Synthes.

Programs are conducted by surgeon faculty knowledgeable about TDR and experienced with ProDisc implants and instruments. Programs typically have a 1:3 faculty to participant ratio and incorporate:

  • Lecture
  • Case study review
  • Hands-on lab
  • Review of a surgical case


Synthes offers multiple training options to meet the unique education needs of each surgeon:

  • Weekend Forums

    Forums are one-day courses that combine didactic lectures with hands-on cadaver lab. In many cases, ProDisc Forums are arranged so that participants can attend both ProDisc-L and ProDisc-C trainings in the same weekend.

  • Week-day Observership

    Observerships are two-day courses that offer evening didactic lecture and discussion followed by live surgical observations at the surgeon instructor’s facility the next day.

  • Preceptorship

    For surgeons who desire education to supplement their primary ProDisc product training, Synthes offers a preceptorship program. Experienced surgeon preceptors visit the surgeon participant’s facility to observe ProDisc surgery and provide personalized clinical guidance related to ProDisc.

Login to the ProDisc Surgeon Portal to sign up for training or to manage your public ProDisc Surgeon Locator profile.



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