Dr. Henrik Mike-Mayer of the Great Plains Spine Center in North Platte has become the first spine surgeon in Nebraska to deploy Aesculap Implant Systems activL® Artificial Disc with Intelligent Motion Technology™ to treat patients with chronic back pain.Clinical studies for activL Artificial Disc have demonstrated increased range of motion, lower pain and a faster return-to-work rate than for other artificial disc replacement products, officials say.
“This latest technology has allowed us to provide better care and outcomes to our spine surgery patients,” Mike-Mayer said.
The activL Artificial Disc features cobalt chromium end plates that affix to the patient’s spine with bone-sparing spikes for initial stabilization.
It is the first lumbar artificial disc with a mobile ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene core that supports both controlled translational and rotational movement similar to the movement of the healthy lumbar spine.
It offers the widest range of footprints and heights, including an 8.5 mm design, which is the lowest height construct available on the market.
The Aesculap Implant Systems activL Artificial Disc is used for reconstruction of the disc at one level (L4-L5 or L5-S1) following single-level discectomy in skeletally mature patients with symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD) with no more than Grade I spondylolisthesis at the involved level, spokeswoman Jody Lowe said.
DDD is defined as discogenic back pain with degeneration of the disc confirmed by patient history, physical examination and radiographic studies.
The activL Artificial Disc is implanted using an anterior retroperitoneal approach, Lowe said.
“I am proud to be a part of the first clinic in the region to embrace this breakthrough approach,” Mike-Mayer said. “This new technology represents the next generation of spinal disc replacement technology; it comes closer than any other product before it to mimicking the natural movement of the healthy human spine.”
The Great Plains Spine Center in North Platte opened in 2014, treating spine conditions related to trauma, genetics or degeneration of the spine. Dr. Mike-Mayer joined the team in early 2016 after more than 20 years practicing in Houston, Texas.
Great Plains Spine Center is located in the North Platte Health Pavilion; 611 W. Francis St., Suite 290.
For more info, see https://www.gphealth.org/services/spine-center/