Becker’s Spine Review - Dr. Hecht and Dr. Qureshi: “Eight Important Spinal Technology Advances Heading Into 2013”
Much controversy circles around the future of artificial disc replacements. Lumbar disc replacements have not held up under scrutiny and researchers studying cervical disc replacements are just beginning to gather long term effectiveness data. "Lumbar disc replacement is dead in the water, but there is a lot we are still excited about with cervical disc replacement," says Andrew Hecht, MD, co-chief of orthopedic spine surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "We continue to get closer to having actual metal and plastic options that really more closely mimic the movements and kinematics of the normal human cervical spine and disc," says Sheeraz Qureshi, MD, associate professor of spine surgery in the department of orthopedics and chief of trauma at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.