for people ages 18-70 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
estimated completion



The aim of this trial is to evaluate if P-15 bone putty (investigational device) is not inferior in effectiveness and safety to local autologous bone (control device) when applied in instrumented anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) with use of a structural allograft ring in patients with degenerative cervical disc disease..


Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) is a common surgical treatment option for symptomatic degenerative cervical disk disease in patients who fail conservative treatment. i-FACTOR bone graft is a unique anorganic bone mineral (ABM) and small peptide, P-15™. P-15 is a synthetic fifteen amino acid polypeptide that mimics the cell-binding domain of Type I human collagen and is responsible for osteogenic cell attachment via alpha2-beta1 integrins.

This is randomized, controlled, multi-center, prospective FDA IDE study conducted to assess the safety and effectiveness of i-FACTOR bone graft (Cerapedics, Inc. Westminster, CO) in patients treated with single level ACDF. Patients received i-FACTOR bone graft or local autologous bone inside a structural allograft.


Intervertebral Disk Degeneration Degenerative disc disease P-15 Bone Putty Bone graft Cervical discectomy Cervical spine Intervertebral Disc Degeneration P-15 Synthetic osteoconductive bone substitute Autologous bone Bone graft substitute


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-70

  • Age between 18 and 65
  • Radiographically determined discogenic origin to include at least one of the following characteristics: degenerated/dark disc on MRI, decreased disc height compared to adjacent levels on radiographic film, CT, or MRI and disc herniation on CT or MRI
  • Radicular symptoms by history and physical exam to include at least the following characteristics: Arm/shoulder pain, decreased flexes, decreased strength and abnormal sensation
  • Pain level arm/shoulder >4 on 0-10 VAS
  • Pain level neck >4 on 0-10 VAS
  • Neck disability Index >30
  • Involved discs between C3 and C7
  • Undergoing anterior cervical fusion at a single level
  • Failed to gain adequate relief from non-operative treatment
  • Able and willing to give consent to participate in study
  • Understand and read English at elementary level

You CAN'T join if...

Systemic infection such as AIDS, HIV, and active hepatitis; Significant metabolic disease that in the surgeon's opinion might compromise bone growth such as osteoporosis or osteomalacia; Taking medication for the prevention of osteoporosis; Circulatory, cardiac, or pulmonary problems that could cause excessive surgical risk; Active malignancy; Nondiscogenic source of symptoms (e.g., tumor, etc.); Multiple level symptomatic degenerative disc disease; Previous cervical fusion; Previous cervical decompression at the same level; Acute cervical trauma or instability (i.e., subluxation > 3 mm on flexion/extension radiographic film); Undergoing treatment for tumor or bony traumatic injury to the cervical spine; Rheumatoid disease of the cervical spine; Myelopathy; Pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the next 2 years; Posterior cervical spine procedure scheduled; More than one level to be operated; Has a history of substance abuse (recreational drugs, alcohol); Is a prisoner; Is currently involved in a study of another investigational product for similar purpose; Has a disease process that would preclude accurate evaluation (e.g., neuromuscular disease, significant psychiatric disease).


  • Department of Neurological Surgery UCSF Spine Center
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • University of Utah Orthopaedic Center
    Salt Lake City Utah 84108 United States


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