Medtronic announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the Prestige LP Cervical Disc for the treatment of cervical disc disease causing nerve or spinal cord compression at two adjacent levels between the C3-C7 segments of the neck. The Prestige LP Disc is designed to allow motion in the neck at the operated levels, unlike a fusion surgery that does not preserve motion.
The Prestige LP Disc is Medtronic’s third clinically-proven artificial cervical disc and its first to be determined safe and effective for both one- and two-level procedures. Additionally, it is the first artificial disc on the U.S. market to be proven statistically superior in overall success for both one- and two-level procedures.
“For my active patients with cervical disc disease at two adjacent levels, I want to preserve motion in their necks,” says Dr. Jeff McConnell, a clinical trial investigator and orthopedic surgeon at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. “I choose to use the Prestige LP Disc at two levels because it provides superior clinical outcomes at 24 months and the titanium ceramic composite material allows post-op assessment and visualization by MRI.”
Two pivotal clinical trials — a single-level and a two-level trial — were conducted to support the safety, effectiveness, and FDA approval of the Prestige LP Disc. The two-level clinical trial included 397 patients (209 investigational and 188 control patients) at 30 sites around the U.S. At 24 months, the Prestige LP patient group demonstrated statistical superiority in overall success compared to patients treated with a two-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Overall success required a patient to meet all criteria for neurologic success, Neck Disability Index success, absence of serious, device-related adverse events, and absence of secondary surgeries at the treated levels. Overall success rates at 24 months were 81.4% in the investigational group and 69.4% in the control group. The posterior probability of superiority of the investigation group over the control group was 99.3%.
“Medtronic is committed to elevating spine care by combining innovative new technologies with clinical evidence,” says Doug King, senior vice president and president of Medtronic’s Spine division, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic. “The Prestige LP Disc is a superior alternative to ACDF and an important motion-preserving option for physicians treating certain patients suffering from two-level cervical disc disease.”
Risks of the Prestige LP Disc include, but are not limited to: development of new nerve or spinal cord compression or pain; allergic reaction to implanted material; or bone formation (including heterotopic ossification) that may reduce spinal motion or result in a fusion, either at the treated or at adjacent levels.
The low profile Prestige LP Disc has a ball-and-trough design and moves in a range of motions, including bending, rotation, and translation. The disc is made of titanium ceramic composite which provides improved wear resistance in combination with the mechanical, biocompatible, and imaging properties of the base titanium alloy. The device is MRI conditional at 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla and is now available in a smaller 5mm height.