A member asked:

What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Larry Armstrong answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

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.

Answered Jul 5, 2012



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Dr. Thomas Dowling answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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.

Answered Sep 21, 2012



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