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About PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement

The PRODISC L Total Disc Replacement device is intended to treat a single degenerated (diseased) disc in the lumbar and sacrum spine L3 to S1. The PRODISC L Implant was designed in collaboration with practicing spine surgeons and has been thoroughly tested in both laboratory and clinical settings.


The PRODISC L Implant allows the potential for motion through its ball and socket design.

  • A plastic inlay affixed to a bottom metal endplate forms the ball.
  • A polished concave metal surface in the top endplate forms the socket.
  • The socket can move over the surface of the ball to allow for controlled and predictable motion.


The PRODISC L Implant is secured to the bones (vertebrae) in the spine with a patented central keel on the top and bottom endplates. A coating has also been applied to all the implant surfaces that contact bone to allow for the bone to grow onto the implant.

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Success Story: John's PRODISC L Story

An avid golfer is back in the swing of things after PRODISC L surgery.

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Success Story: Angela's PRODISC L Story

A clinical study patient explains why PRODISC L was the right choice for her.

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Success Story: David's PRODISC L Story

A long-time water skier is back riding the water after PRODISC L surgery.

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Potential PRODISC L Implant Surgical Complications

As with any surgery, there are some possible complications that can occur when you have Total Disc Replacement surgery with thePRODISC L Implant. Complications can occur singly or in combination and may include:

  • Allergic reaction to the implant materials
  • Bladder problems
  • Bleeding, which may require a blood transfusion
  • Blood clot (emboli) in the blood stream or lungs
  • Death
  • Difficulty with bowel movement or other problems with your bowels
  • Failure of the implant/procedure to improve your symptoms and/or ability to function
  • Failure of incision to heal properly or other incision problems
  • Fracture of the vertebrae
  • Fusion
  • Implant failure (e.g., implants that bend, break, loosen or move)
  • Impotence or retrograde ejaculation
  • Infection
  • Injury to internal structures such as your kidney, ureter, bowel, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels
  • Need for additional surgery which could include removal of the ProDisc-L implant
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Paralysis
  • Phlebitis (swelling of veins)
  • Pneumonia
  • Problems with your blood vessels other than bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Side effects from anesthesia
  • Spinal cord or nerve damage
  • Spinal fluid leakage
  • Spinal Instability
  • Tears of the dura (a layer of tissue covering the spinal cord)
  • Wear debris (load-bearing implants that allow motion have been shown to potentially generate wear debris over time. Early and/or long-term effects of wear debris in the human spine are not yet known)

If you decide to have spine surgery, you should discuss all the available options with your surgeon. If you would like additional information or have more questions about Total Disc Replacement surgery, please contact your doctor.

Case Study Disclaimer

Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

This information is not a replacement for professional medical advice. Only your surgeon is qualified to diagnose and treat your condition.

DSUS/SPN/0215/0770 05/2015

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