Disc replacement surgery
Disc replacement surgery aims to remove a damaged disc in the spine that is causing pain and replace it with an artificial disc. The purpose of this procedure is to treat some of the most common degenerative spine conditions, such as a herniated disc, bulging disc or other degenerative disc disease.
As with any back and disc surgery, it is important to gather all the facts so that you can make an informed decision about your pain relief plan. Before you decide if disc replacement surgery is right for you, you should understand the techniques and general overview of this procedure.
Also known as artificial disc surgery or artificial disc replacement (ADR), the procedure was developed as an alternative to spinal fusion surgery. The idea was that disc replacement would allow a surgeon to remove a damaged disc without the need to reinforce the spine by permanently fusing vertebrae together.
Consider all the roles that a disc plays within the spine: Not only does it attach adjacent vertebrae, but it also absorbs the wear and tear of our body’s movements. Therefore, a prosthetic disc would have to have similar properties. Not only would the artificial disc need to be able to attach directly to bone, but it would also need to be pliable enough that it could flex and bounce back easily. Above all, a prosthetic disc would need to be exceptionally durable and strong.
A disc replacement procedure, especially when performed with the minimally invasive techniques at Laser Spine Institute, is a safer and effective alternative to traditional fusion, which uses a metal cage and bolts to fuse together the two vertebrae surrounding the damaged disc.
Our surgeons are able to access the damaged disc in the spine through a small incision without disrupting the surrounding muscles and ligaments. This reduces the risk of infection and shortens the recovery time* when compared to traditional disc fusion. We offer several types of procedures that involve disc replacement; the group of these procedures is commonly referred to as a minimally invasive discectomy and stabilization.
If you are suffering from chronic pain due to a damaged disc in your spine, don’t settle for unnecessary surgical risks and an extended recovery time. Contact our spine care experts at Laser Spine Institute to find out if our minimally invasive procedures can help you on your journey to pain relief. Contact us today to request a review of your MRI report or CT scan.