Disc replacement surgery
Disc replacement surgery aims to remove a damaged disc in the spine that is causing pain and replaces it with an artificial disc. The purpose of this procedure is to treat some of the most common degenerative spine conditions, including herniated discs, bulging discs or degenerative disc disease.
As with any type of surgery, especially spine surgery, it is important to gather all the facts so you can make an informed decision about your care. If you are trying to decide if disc replacement surgery is right for you, it helps to understand the techniques involved with this procedure.
Traditional open spine surgery
Also known as artificial disc surgery or artificial disc replacement, the procedure was developed as an alternative to traditional open 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.
A disc plays a number of important roles within the spine. Not only does it help link 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. This means an artificial disc needs to be able to attach directly to bone, but it also needs to be pliable enough to flex and bounce back easily. Above all, a prosthetic disc would need to be exceptionally durable and strong.
Minimally invasive stabilization at Laser Spine Institute
A disc replacement procedure, especially when performed with the minimally invasive techniques at Laser Spine Institute, is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spinal fusion,^ which is a highly invasive operation that uses muscle-disrupting techniques 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 that spares the surrounding soft tissue. This helps reduce the risk of complication and shortens the recovery time^ when compared to traditional open spine surgery. We provide a range of minimally invasive stabilization procedures, which are an alternative to traditional open spinal fusions.
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 team at Laser Spine Institute to find out if our minimally invasive procedures can help you on your journey to pain relief.
Our team will be happy to provide a free review of your MRI or CT scan* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.