Cervical arthroplasty has emerged as a means of preventing adjacent segment disease by preserving motion, restoring sagittal balance, and mimicking natural spinal kinematics. The purpose of this retrospective in vivo study was to characterize the impact of arthroplasty on sagittal balance and segmental kinematics of the cervical spine.
Methods. Sixty patients receiving the Bryan disc, ProDisc-C, or Prestige LP disc were retrospectively analyzed. Only single-level arthroplasty cases were included in this study. Lateral dynamic radiographs of the cervical spine were evaluated using quantitative measurement analysis software to determine the kinematics at the index level both preoperatively and 1 year postoperatively. Collected parameters included range of motion (ROM), disc angles, shell angles, anterior and posterior disc heights (ADHs/PDHs), translation, and center of rotation (COR). Preoperative and postoperative data were compared using the Student t-test, with p < 0.05 indicating significance.
Results. The Bryan and Prestige LP discs preserved motion, whereas the ProDisc-C increased segmental ROM from extension to flexion. Following surgery, the Bryan disc exhibited significant shell angle kyphosis, while Pro- Disc-C and Prestige LP retained lordosis. Both ADHs and PDHs decreased following insertion of the Bryan disc. In contrast, the ProDisc-C increased the ADHs and PDHs by 80% and 52%, respectively, and the Prestige LP disc increased the ADHs and PDHs by 20%. Only the ProDisc-C demonstrated significant translation of 0.7 mm. The ProDisc-C shifted the COR x by 0.9 mm anteriorly, while the Prestige LP disc demonstrated a significant superior shift of 2.2 mm in COR y.
Conclusions. All discs adequately maintained ROM at the surgical level. The greatest difference among the 3 devices was in the disc height and index angle measurements