If your doctor decides that you are a candidate for lumbar artificial disc replacement you’ll receive the superior medical care you deserve from every member of our spine services team. From world class spine surgeons to physical therapists, everyone will make sure your rehabilitation and recovery are smooth.
Lumbar artificial disk replacement surgery involves replacing a worn/degenerated disc in the lower part spine with an artificial replacement 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, lumbar artificial disc replacement surgery is seen as an alternative to the more common spinal fusion surgery.
Lumbar 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:
A number of tests will be performed by your doctor to determine if lumbar artificial disc replacement is the right procedure for you. Not all patients who experience back pain are a candidate for lumbar artificial disc replacement. The surgeon will also look at other factors when determining if you need a lumbar disc replacement surgery, a lumbar fusion surgery or another course of action for your spine problem. Lumbar disc replacement surgery is usually recommended for patients who:
Like all surgeries, lumbar 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 lumbar fusion surgery, which makes it riskier. Some of the potential risks of this surgery include:
Have you had consistent pain, particularly the kind that is associated with a worn or degenerated disc in the lower part of your back? 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 888.600.5600 to find out more and schedule a consultation today!
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