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eDisc: The First Artificial Spinal Disc With Integral Force-Sensing Microelectronics

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Christopher P. Cole, Richard R. Navarro

Theken Disc, LLC, Akron, OH

Paper No. BioMed2007-38052, pp. 49-50; 2 pages
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices Conference
  • ASME 2007 2nd Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Irvine, California, USA, June 7–8, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4266-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3797-1
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Theken Disc, LLC has developed an artificial spinal disc with an integrated microelectronics module to reduce post operative complications and speed return to work and function. During the first few months after implantation, it is very important to limit patient activity to prevent disc migration or dislodgement. The force monitoring capability provides realtime or stored data to assess patient’s ability to return to work. The microelectronics module monitors any dynamic high-load events that may take place, and immediately warns the patient of the high load by sending a wireless signal to a belt-worn audible alert unit.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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