Tuesday, October 26, 2004
The FDA on Tuesday granted approval of the first artificial spinal disc. This disc would be used on patients with degenerative disc disease, which is very painful. Prior to this approval, the common treatment for the discs was a spinal fusion, which was effective, but caused a limitation on how flexible you were. I faced spinal fusion way back when I was a kid; however, I opted against it. Of course, this new disc would not be of benefit to me; the days where surgery would help me are long gone. But many people with this disease may soon be getting relief through a relatively simple surgery.
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