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A 34-year-old member asked:

When could an artificial disc replacement be used?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
There are specific: There are very specific indications for this surgery & very specific contraindications. It is used when a cervical or lumbar fusion is being considered. It has been shown to be equivalent in outcome to a fusion but not better with the current follow up studies available. The benefits are still theoretical. It cannot be used with active infection, bone density loss, instability, deformity, ....
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Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Needs detail: This is a highly customizable question, depending on health, circumstance, goals, weight, family history, stability, payor, and needs thorough diagnosis and analysis.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does an artificial disc replacement entail?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
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 48-year-old member asked:

What happens after artificial disc replacement?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Dermatology 20 years experience
Usually Pain Less: Usually you pain in lessened, that is, after the recover from the surgery. But this question is best answered by the spine surgeon who is suggesting the disc replacement.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How safe is fusion after artificial disc replacement and is it effective?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: Artificial disc replacement can be done for cervical and lumbar conditions. Revision surgery in the cervical spine to either add a fusion or convert the replacement to a fusion is effective, with minimal added surgical risk. Such procedures in the lumbar spine, depending on the implant used and the level(s) treated, can carry significant added surgical risks. Discuss with your surgeon.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
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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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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