Lumbar total disc arthroplasty utilizing the ProDisc prosthesis in smokers versus nonsmokers: a prospective study with 2-year minimum follow-up.

@article{Bertagnoli2006LumbarTD,
  title={Lumbar total disc arthroplasty utilizing the ProDisc prosthesis in smokers versus nonsmokers: a prospective study with 2-year minimum follow-up.},
  author={Rudolf Bertagnoli and James J. Yue and Trace Kershaw and Rahul V. Shah and Frank Pfeiffer and Andrea Fenk-Mayer and Regina Nanieva and Armin Karg and Daniel S Husted and John W. Emerson},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2006},
  volume={31 9},
  pages={992-7}
}
STUDY DESIGN Prospective nonrandomized clinical series. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the efficacy of ProDisc lumbar artificial disc replacement (ADR) in smokers versus nonsmokers. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Smoking is a negative predictor in fusion surgery. To date, a prospective study of the treatment of incapacitating discogenic low back pain using ADR in smokers versus nonsmokers has not been described. METHODS A prospective analysis was performed on 104 patients with disabling discogenic… CONTINUE READING
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