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A 41-year-old member asked:

What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Ones indicated for a: The same ones who would otherwise be treated with a fusion usually at one level but with no infection, no instabilty, no osteoporosis, no facet arthritis, no deformity and no significant disc space collapse.
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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 21, 2012
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