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Why Choose Marina del Rey Hospital for Artificial Disc Replacement?

The highly skilled neurosurgeons at Marina del Rey Hospital are using cutting-edge technology will make sure that the artificial disc replacement will give back to you the mobility and quality of life you were used to.

Artificial disk replacement surgery involves replacing a worn or degenerated disc in the patient’s spine with an artificial replacement, which is made of medical-grade metal or a combination of medical-grade metal and medical-grade plastic.

Although it is a relatively new procedure and has gained FDA approval in 2004, artificial disc replacement surgery is seen as an alternative to the more common spinal fusion surgery.

Artificial disc replacement surgery is a major surgery. It requires general anesthesia and a 2-day to 4-day hospital stay. The following steps are taken in order to perform the surgery:

  • you will check into the hospital and change into a medical gown
  • you will be brought to a surgical suite and placed under general anesthesia
  • a vascular surgeon and an orthopedic/neurosurgeon will perform the surgery together
  • an incision will be made in your abdomen and all organs and blood vessels will be moved to the side to allow access to the spine
  • the damaged disc(s) will be removed and the new artificial disc(s) will be put in place
  • the incision will be closed and you will be wheeled into a recovery suite for close monitoring

A number of tests will be performed by your doctor to determine if artificial disc replacement is the right procedure for you. Not all patients who experience pain are a candidate for artificial disc replacement. The surgeon will also look at other factors when determining if you need a disc replacement surgery, a fusion surgery or another course of action for your spine problem. Disc replacement surgery is usually recommended for patients who:

  • have not had previous spinal surgery
  • do not have scoliosis or any other spinal deformity
  • are not significantly overweight
  • have no significant joint disease or compression on the nerves
  • have the source of their back pain coming from only one or two discs in the spine

Like all surgeries, artificial disc replacement poses some risks, which are increased due to the fact that this is a highly invasive surgery. It requires greater access to the spine than standard fusion surgery, which makes it riskier. Some of the potential risks of this surgery include:

  • infection of the artificial disc or the area surrounding the artificial disc
  • dislocation or dislodgement of the artificial disc
  • implant failure or fracture
  • implant loosening or wear
  • narrowing of the spine (stenosis) because of the breakdown of spinal bones
  • problems associated with a poorly positioned implant
  • stiffness or rigidity of the spine

Have you had consistent pain, particularly the kind that is associated with a worn or degenerated disc? Have you tried non-invasive treatments without success? You may be a candidate for back surgery to relieve your symptoms for the long term. Call us at 310.823.8911 to find out more and schedule a consultation today!

Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Disc Replacement

Some postoperative symptoms indicate that you are at risk of complications and you require a doctor’s attention.

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Your doctor will tell you when it is safe to start moving after the surgery and what activities you can engage in after you return home.

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We will be able to tell you for sure when you can leave the hospital after your surgery.

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Your doctor will tell you what preoperative instructions are necessary before the surgery so that you are fully prepared when you come to the hospital and after you are released.

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Before you are discharged, your doctor will provide you with a set of instructions that can help you achieve a fast recovery.

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