The New M6-C Artificial Cervical Disc from ORTHOFIXMedical_Admin
The M6-C ™ Artificial Cervical Disc is an intervertebral disc prosthesis designed to permit motion of a functional spinal unit in the cervical spine when replacing a degenerated native disc. The device is comprised of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber wound in a specific pattern, with multiple redundant layers, creating a fiber matrix (artificial annulus). The fiber is wound around a polycarbonate urethane polymer (PCU) core (artificial nucleus) and through the slots in two Ti6Al4V titanium alloy inner endplates. The core is situated between and in contact with the two inner endplates, but not affixed to them. A PCU sheath surrounds the fiber matrix and is retained by two Ti6Al4V weld bands that are welded to the inner endplates. Two Ti6Al4V outer endplates are also welded to the inner endplates. The exterior surfaces of the outer endplates include low profile fins and are coated with titanium plasma spray (TPS). The M6-C ™ Artificial Cervical Disc is designed to maintain the natural behavior of a functional spinal unit by replicating the biomechanical characteristics of the native disc. This design enables the M6-C ™ Artificial Cervical Disc to move in all six degrees of freedom, with independent angular rotations (flexion-extension, lateral bending and axial rotation) along with independent translational motions (anterior-posterior and lateral translations as well as axial compression). The device is intended to replicate the physiological phenomenon of progressive resistance to motion in all six degrees of freedom. The sheath is designed to minimize any tissue ingrowth as well as the migration of wear debris. The serrated fins provide acute fixation to the superior and inferior vertebral bodies. The TPS coating increases the bone contact surface area.