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Dr. Vernon Performs Two Level Cervical Disc Replacement

December 3rd, 2015


Logan, Utah (Dec. 3, 2015) – Brian A. Vernon, MD announced today that he has performed a two-level cervical disc replacement procedure utilizing a novel medical device recently approved by the FDA. The procedure, performed at Logan Regional Hospital, the first of its kind in the Cache Valley area.


The device, the first and only cervical disc replacement FDA approved for both one and two-level applications, was the subject of a rigorous FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) trial. In the study, the two-level cervical disc replacement procedure demonstrated an overall study success rate of 69.7% as compared to traditional cervical fusion results of 37.4%.  At 24 months, those who received the two-level cervical disc replacement during the trial phase also returned to work on average three weeks earlier as compared to those patients who were treated with cervical fusion. The disc replacement patients also had lower rates of subsequent surgeries and reduced rates of ongoing degeneration at spinal segments adjacent to the surgery.


“I am very happy to be able to offer my patients this state of the art procedure which is supported by the highest level of medical evidence available for a medical device,” said Dr. Vernon of Logan Regional Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.  ”And for the first time I am able to offer the significant number of my patients who suffer from two-level cervical disease a superior treatment option to traditional cervical spine fusion.”

Dr. Brian Vernon, spine surgeon with Logan Regional Orthopedics, was on KUTV's Ask the Expert.

April 9, 2014

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