An artificial disc replacement is a surgery that aims to correct problems with the discs in the spine. Your spine is made up of vertebrae that stack on top of each other to form a canal in which the spinal cord sits. Discs exist between the vertebrae to function as a cushion for the bones and to allow for fluidity in the movement of the spine. Over time, these discs can wear down or move out of place due to overuse, wear and tear, aging, and injuries. Artificial disc replacement involves replacing damaged or worn-out discs with prosthetics to restore functionality to the spine and relieve pain.
Why Artificial Disc Replacement?
Artificial disc replacement surgery is a great alternative to spinal fusion surgery. It is highly advanced and comes with fewer risks. With spinal fusion surgery, there is a risk of a patient experiencing a limited range of motion post-surgery. With artificial discs, patients report greater stability and flexibility, an increased range of motion, and better functionality.
There is less transference of stress on the remaining discs, which run the risk of having problems in the future. Artificial discs also provide greater spinal stability. Finally, patients who undergo artificial disc replacement surgery report greater relief from debilitating pain. Artificial disc replacement surgery can help restore your life, so you can enjoy the things you love, once again.
How Artificial Disc Replacement is Performed
Artificial disc replacement surgery involves making an incision to remove a damaged disc and then replacing it with a prosthetic. Anesthesia is administered to ensure you are comfortable throughout the surgery. The surgeon will remove the damaged disc and replace it with a prosthetic of similar size and shape. This prosthetic will take the place of the damaged disc and perform its functions going forward. The incision will be closed with stiches.
Your hospital stay may last a few days, depending on your overall health and the surgeon’s recommendations. As soon as your doctor gives you an all clear, you will begin moving. To help with pain symptoms, your surgeon may prescribe pain medication.
After your wound has healed, your surgeon will recommend you begin physical therapy. This is a crucial component of bringing you back to full strength after surgery. Physical therapy will involve doing exercises geared toward strengthening your back, so you have increased functionality. You will likely do physical therapy for several weeks.
Artificial Disc Replacement in Colorado
Front Range Spine and Neurosurgery surgeons specialize in minimally-invasive artificial disc replacement surgery. At our Artificial Disc Institute, we provide outstanding service to our patients with lower back problems who do not respond to conservative treatment methods.
If you have questions about the conditions we treat and the surgeries we perform, please call Front Range Spine and Neurosurgery at (303) 790-1800 to make an appointment with one of our qualified physicians. You can also request an appointment now. For your convenience, we have three locations in Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Lone Tree. We look forward to serving you!