The m6 l is the only artificial disc made with an artificial nucleus polycarbonate urethane and a woven fiber annulus polyethylene degrees of freedom biomechanics those with an m6 l artificial disc can expect 6 degrees of freedom 3 translational 3 rotational as well as shock absorption and elastic return. Artificial disc replacement surgery involves replacing a painful disc with an artificial disc artificial disc surgery may be performed on the lower back lumbar spine or the neck cervical spine artificial discs are designed with the goal of mimicking the form and function of the spines natural disc. The link sb charite artificial disc is the only motion retaining disc replacement for which there is long term clinical experience with thousands of the devices having been implanted in this book the topic of artificial disc replacement is thoroughly discussed by the inventors and top spine specialists. Today there are 4 types of artificial disc being studied and tested they include composite hydraulic elastic and mechanical discs the following is a brief description of each composite discs the most widely implanted disc to date is a composite disc called the link sb charite disc now the charite artificial disc depuy spine inc this device is made of a polyethylene spacer and two separate metal endplates and comes in different sizes
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