TDR is a safe and effective alternative to fusion for lumbar degenerative disc disease
Comparison of artificial total disc replacement versus fusion for lumbar degenerative disc disease: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trialsInt Orthop. 2013 Jul;37(7):1315-25. doi: 10.1007/s00264-013-1883-8. Epub 2013 May 4
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Six randomized controlled trials (n=1,603) comparing artificial total disc replacement and lumbar fusion in patients with lumbar degenerative disc disease were included in this meta-analysis. Pooled data at the 2-year follow-up revealed that artificial total disc replacements (TDR) yielded significantly improved pain and disability compared to lumbar fusion, with no significant difference in safet...
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