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St. Louis, MO – Spine Surgeon Kevin Rutz, MD, today announced the successful first implantation of the prodisc® C Vivo Cervical Total Disc Replacement (TDR) product. The product was approved in July by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 1-level indications and is part of a portfolio of four FDA approved prodisc® C products that allow surgeons to select the implant that best matches a patient’s anatomy and level of disease. Dr. Rutz is the first spine surgeon in Missouri to conduct a total disc replacement procedure using the prodisc Vivo C implant.

The first prodisc C Vivo procedure was performed in Saint Louis, MO on a 37 year-old woman, by spine surgeon Kevin Rutz, MD. The patient suffered neck pain which radiated down her arms and hands for 2 years. Her symptoms were caused by a disc herniation which led to foraminal stenosis and pinched nerves.

The prodisc C Vivo has a special concave endplate which helped me to match the disc to my patient’s anatomy, enabling her to have a faster recovery and fewer restrictions after surgery. Coupled with prodisc C which uses a flat endplate, I am able to select the disc that best matches my patient’s unique anatomy.

Kevin Rutz, MDOrthopedic Surgeon

The prodisc C Vivo system is manufactured by Centinel Spine and has been in clinical use outside the U.S. since 2009 and is currently one of the most frequently implanted TDR devices outside of the U.S. The device has keel-less endplates and combines a unique anatomically-designed superior endplate with lateral spikes to optimize fit and provide immediate fixation. The prodisc C Vivo device incorporates prodisc CORE technology, the basis behind predictable clinical outcomes of the prodisc platform after 30 years and over 225,000 implantations worldwide.

Patients can learn more about the total disc replacement procedure and the new prodisc by calling (314) 932-6486 or visiting

About Disc Replacement Center of Saint Louis

The Disc Replacement Center of Saint Louis is the premier orthopedic surgery center in Saint Louis.  The practice is dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the quality of life for patients through the most up-to-date care. Their goal is to maintain and preserve the natural motion of the spine while significantly reducing pain whenever possible. By acknowledging the interconnectedness of the human body, the Disc Replacement Center of Saint Louis offers a more permanent, long-term solution. With benefits that go beyond rehabilitation, consumers are faster, stronger and feel younger.

About Centinel Spine, LLC

Centinel Spine®, LLC is a leading global medical device company addressing cervical and lumbar spinal disease through anterior surgical access. The company offers a continuum of trusted, brand-name, motion-preserving and fusion solutions backed by over 30 years of clinical success—providing the most robust and clinically-proven technology platforms in the world for total disc replacement (prodisc®) and Integrated Interbody fusion (STALIF®).

Centinel Spine continues to advance its pioneering culture and corporate mission to become a catalyst of change in the spine industry and alter the way spine surgery is perceived. Centinel Spine remains the only company with comprehensive motion-preserving and fusion solutions for both cervical and lumbar anterior column reconstruction.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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