Intervertebral disc

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Intervertral disk is light brown

The shock-absorbing disc between each pair of vertebrae may degenerate, leading to loss of height and strain on the joints between the vertebrae, bulge, or prolapse.

Replacement by means of injection of orthopaedic cement, or insertion at open operation of a prosthetic disc is an interesting approach to a common problem but in its early days.

Info bulb.pngThiery Marne in Montpellier and Michael Mayer in Munich are treating failed discs with the Prodisk replacement. They report early results similar to those of spinal fusion. (Pulse report 2006)
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