Dr. Ritter-Lang to Offer Advanced Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery Using The Spinal Kinetics M6 at Asklepios Clinic Birkenwerder, Germany.

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Dr. Ritter-Lang, a world leader in advanced disc replacement surgery, announced that he will now be accepting international patients for the breakthrough Spinal Kinetics M6 artificial lumbar disc replacement surgery at Asklepios Clinic Birkenwerder, Germany, just outside Berlin.

Artificial disc replacement technology provides an alternative to spinal fusion in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. Preserving motion with an artificial disc provides an opportunity to restore biomechanical function at the treated level after disc removal, as well as the possibility to reduce subsequent degeneration of adjacent segments.

"The ability to replicate the motion characteristics of a natural disc with a prosthesis designed like the M6-L lumbar disc is a major advancement in technology that may benefit the long term outcomes of an artificial lumbar disc patient," states Dr. Ritter-Lang. Dr. Karsten Ritter-Lang, M.D. performed the successful implantation of the first Spinal Kinetics M6-L artificial lumbar disc with the commencement of the system's initial commercial launch in Europe and will now be performing the surgery at Asklepios Clinic as well as at other international facilities.

At Asklepios Clinic specialties range from Orthopedics to Trauma Surgery and include care for Diabetes, vascular surgery, minimally invasive hip surgery, In recent years the hospital has seen rapid innovative development with the latest surgical techniques and patient-oriented management. Modern new buildings and extensions of the three-story existing buildings provide improved functional areas so patients are treated at the highest level. The clinic offers bright, mostly single rooms with hardwood floors, large windows and comfortable seating areas, private shower and toilet.

The M6 disc replacement represents a breakthrough in non-fusion, motion preservation products to treat degenerative diseases of the spine. The M6-L lumbar disc is an advanced generation artificial disc developed to replace an inter-vertebral disc damaged by disc degeneration or injury. It is the only replacement disc that replicates the anatomic structure of a natural lumbar disc by incorporating an artificial nucleus and annulus. Together, the nucleus and annulus are designed to provide the same motion characteristics of a natural disc.

The M6-L's compressible polymer nucleus is designed to simulate the function of the native nucleus, while the surrounding multi-layer high tensile strength fiber annulus is intended to facilitate a controlled range of motion in multiple directions. The M6 artificial disc is implanted with proprietary surgical instrumentation. This specialized system was designed with surgeon feedback and is intended for simple, safe, and reproducible M6 implantation.

Founded in 2003, Spinal Kinetics is a privately-held medical device company focused on partnering with spine surgeons to develop innovative and practical motion preservation systems for treating degenerative diseases of the spine. The company is located in Sunnyvale, California. For more information on the company and the M6 artificial discs visit http://www.spinalkinetics.com.

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