Neurosurgeons at Tuscaloosa's DCH Regional Medical Center are testing a new way to treat chronic neck pain as part of a clinical study on artificial spinal disc replacement.
Doctor Robert Robinson is set to perform the first surgery Monday. The spinal disc is in the process of being approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which granted clinical trial approval in July.
Pennsylvania-based Globus Medical developed the disc called SECURE-C device and is overseeing the study. The device is meant to treat symptomatic cervical disc disease.
The company said the disease is fairly common with more than 130-thousand people receiving treatment nationwide in 2003.
Between 250 and 300 patients are seen at DCH with this disease a year. The west Alabama hospital is one of ten in the country approved to participate in the study.