About The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc

The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is an artificial disc replacement which is designed to maintain motion for patients suffering from the symptoms of single-level cervical disc disease.

The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc offers patients with radiculopathy and myelopathy related to cervical disc disease in the cervical spine an alternative to spinal fusion surgery. Constructed of stainless steel in a unique, two-piece ball-and-trough configuration, the device is designed to maintain motion at the treated vertebral segment.

Each vertebra in the spine is separated by a shock absorbing disc, which is made up largely of water. As discs lose water content because of disease, injury or age, they compress, or lose height, which causes the vertebrae to move closer together. This reduces the disc's shock absorbing qualities, which may lead to bone spurs and narrowing of the nerve openings. If a disc ruptures, it can place pressure on the surrounding nerve roots and the spinal cord, resulting in pain, numbness and/or weakness.

Your doctor may recommend surgery if non-surgical treatment fails to provide relief from these symptoms. Traditionally considered the "gold standard" for the treatment of cervical disc disease, a spinal fusion procedure such as ACDF involves removing the affected disc material then fusing, or creating a bond between, the vertebrae on either side of the disc space. This procedure has been successful in many patients; however, in contrast to PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc procedures, spinal fusion treats your symptoms by eliminating motion in the treated vertebral segment.

The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc replaces a diseased or damaged disc and is designed to maintain motion. Made of stainless steel, the device has two articulating components (a ball on top and a trough on the bottom) that are inserted into the disc space and attached to the vertebral bodies on either side.

The PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc is available in a variety of sizes that allow surgeons to closely match a patient's anatomy.

While many factors contribute to the longevity of an artificial disc, the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc has undergone significant testing to verify the safety and adequate durability of the device.

Read more about PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc clinical research.

Find out if you are a candidate for the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc.

Talk with your doctor to learn more about the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc. To find a doctor near you, visit our physician locator.

Medtronic is focused on improving patient access to Medtronic therapies and technologies. As a result, Medtronic's Spinal and Biologics business provides a service, Therapy Access Solutions (TAS), to assist in navigating the authorization and appeal process with payers. This program offers information, training and support for our customers. Contact the TAS staff at (866)-446-3873 for assistance with prior authorizations, denial management and appeals, office staff education and training, and product information.

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It is important that you discuss the potential risks, complications and benefits of the PRESTIGE® Cervical Disc with your doctor prior to receiving treatment, and that you rely on your doctor's judgment. Only your doctor can determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this treatment.


Published: June 28, 2007
Updated: October 05, 2014