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A 40-year-old member asked:

What all must i do the week before artificial disc replacement surgery?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Prepare: The best advice is to check with your surgeon. Most would recommend cessation of anti-inflammatory medications and blood thinning medications between 7-10 days prior to surgery. You also may be asked to undergo an enema or bowel prep before surgery.
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Prehab: I encourage passive cervical range of motion, beneath aggravation of nerve symptoms, long walks to get the body ready for the mild trauma of surgery, improve lung function and minimize risk of blood clots, and most importantly visualize the recovery process in a positive proactive way.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Need specialist: There are several locations and surgeons who perform many disk replacements and can answer your questions about who can get a disk replacement. Fda regulations specify age 18-59. There cannot be much instability in the segment being considered for disk replacement. Make sure you investigate the place where you're considering having it done- preferably a place that participated in the studies.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

How is a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery performed?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Like a fusion: A cervical disc arthroplasty (disc replacement) is approached the same way a cervical fusion is done. Which is through a small incision in the front of the neck. But instead of placing bone graft in the space that the disc used to occupy for fusion, it is replaced with a mobile disc replacement. The procedure takes just as long as a fusion.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does an artificial disc replacement entail?

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery 28 years experience
Like a fusion: Similar to a disk fusion, access to the spine is from the front. The disk is removed, the vertebrae are prepared and the disk replacement is placed in between the two vertebrae. Find a neurosurgeon or ortho spine surgeon who does many of these to achieve maximal success.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the indications for having an artificial disc replacement?

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Dr. Jack Goloff
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Primary Care View: As a primary care pain doctor i recommend that patients think twice about surgery unless waiting can cause permanent damage. Get second opinion before having it done. That is the best way to be sure.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

When could an artificial disc replacement be used?

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Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 32 years experience
Disc Replacement: In my experience disc replacement is best done when you have pure back pain. You would also do best when there is only disc degeneration or a contained disc herniation that has failed all conservative treatment. You also should not have any arthritis of the facet joints.
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Last updated Nov 18, 2013

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