Med J Tabriz Uni Med Sciences Health Services. 2011;33(4): 33-36.
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Cervical PEEK Cage Insertion as an Intervertebral Graft in Patients with Cervical Discopathy

Arya Sheikh Mozafari, Parviz Samad Motlagh, Ali Meshkini*
*Corresponding Author: Email: E-mail: meshkinia@yahoo.com


Background and Objectives: According to the high prevalence of cervical discopathy in modern life and variety of new methods introduced every day, we aimed to evaluate recently established PEEK cage insertion procedure through neck disability index (NDI) and pain score measurements before and after the surgery. Materials and Methods: In this study, 30 cervical herniated patients diagnosed through medical history, physical examination and cervical MRI were selected. Before and 6 months after PEEK cage insertion, pain score was assessed using visual analogue scale (VAS) and NDI. Results: The mean age of the patients was 44.1±8.5 years. The preoperative mean neck pain score was 9.2±1.01 that postoperatively decreased to 2.81±1.81 (P<0.0001). The mean pre- and post-operative NDI was 31.5±10.19 and 6.85±2.10, respectively (P<0.0001). Conclusion: According to the results of this study, PEEK cage insertion surgery is efficient in reducing the pain score and neck disability index. Furthermore, this procedure has beneficial effects on ameliorating the signs and symptoms of radiculopathy.
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Submitted: 25 Oct 2011
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