Replacement disc surgery
Replacement disc surgery is one of the options available to patients who have severe neck or back pain being caused by a condition affecting one of the spinal discs. In general, spine surgery is usually considered once conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy have been exhausted without bringing the relief needed to comfortably engage in normal activities.
However, when replacement disc surgery is performed as an open neck or back procedure, it can have drawbacks that should be understood before undergoing an operation. If you have been recommended for this type of procedure, it is important to understand all of the options available to you, including the minimally invasive spine surgery available at Laser Spine Institute.
What is disc replacement surgery?
Artificial disc replacement surgery is a relatively new procedure considering the first artificial disc was approved for use in the United States in 2004. One of the main reasons disc replacement technology was developed was to provide patients with an alternative to traditional open spinal fusion. A fusion procedure involves the surgical removal of a problematic spinal disc and inserting a bone graft to fuse the surrounding vertebrae. This type of procedure is intended to decompress nerves while providing stability to the spinal column. However, traditional open spinal fusion surgery can create challenges such as lengthy recovery periods, painful rehabilitation and added stress on other areas of the spine.
Unlike traditional open spinal fusion, replacement disc surgery has been developed to replace a problematic disc with an artificial disc. As a result, the vertebrae do not need to be fused together and there is less of a concern about pain and stress being transferred to another segment of the spine. In theory, patients also will be able to retain their flexibility and mobility at the surgical site after the recovery process.
Laser Spine Institute offers an alternative to traditional open spine procedures, including fusion and disc replacement, with minimally invasive spine surgery. Our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures that use a muscle-sparing approach, which offers many benefits to our patients.
Advantages of Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive spine surgery:
- No lengthy recovery^
- Board-certified surgeons+
- Less than 1-inch incision
- Outpatient procedure
- Muscle-sparing techniques
- Patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100^
To learn more about minimally invasive spine procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures.