Preventing facet degeneration after discectomy with an anular closure device

M. Vilendecic, D. Ledic, G.J. Bouma, M. Barth, S. Eustacchio & S. Stein
Objective: Herniation can impair the ability of the lumbar disc to bear loads due to a reduced capacity to contain pressure in the presence of an annular defect and a loss of nucleus. Elements such as the facet-joints may become overloaded as a result. One goal of an annular closure device (ACD) is [for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]