First viscoelastic 4-level cervical disc replacement offers hope to patients worldwide.
Seventh-day Adventist-ownedAndrews Memorial Hospital (AMH) in Kingston, Jamaica, was the Center of Excellence site where a patient was the first ever to benefit from a 4-level viscoelastic cervical disc replacement procedure.
The surgery, which will usher in a revolutionary new treatment approach in spinal surgery globally, was performed by a team of doctors led by Harvard-trained and world-renown orthopedic spinal surgeon, Kingsley R. Chin on Jan. 30, 2017, using an advanced technology known as theFreedom® Cervical Disc.
Owned by AxioMed, LLC., the technology took sixteen years and over US$85 million to achieve the level of perfection, safety, and efficacy in both the lumbar and cervical versions to implant the discs in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The lumbar version completed its clinical trials in more than 400 patients in the United States and will likely be available in 2018. The cervical version completed the preclinical trials in Europe.
Edited by Jesus Chan
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