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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 24, 2003

UI Participates In Study On Investigational Artificial Cervical Disc

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center are participating in a study involving the PRESTIGE artificial cervical disc, an implant designed to closely match the function of a normal spinal disc space and potentially provide patients with more normal neck movement following surgery.

The prosthesis, developed by Memphis, Tenn.-based Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, Inc., consists of two metallic components and is affixed to the vertebral bodies with screws. The two components are designed to act as a pivot point, which allows the spinal segment to achieve a range of motion.

The ideal participant for this study will have symptomatic cervical degenerative disc disease at one level for which pain management therapies were ineffective.

U.S. clinical evaluations of the PRESTIGE began late last year under an investigational device exemption granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more information, call Trista Clark at 319-384-5314.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Planning, Marketing and Communications, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room 8798 JPP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Clancy Champanois, 319-384-9171,