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What is a lumbar disc replacement?

What is a lumbar disc replacement?

Artificial disc: Used to alleviate pain and maintain motion. ...Read more

Disc Replacement (Definition)

In essence the adjoining surfaces of a vertebra are cut off to expose good healthy bleeding bone. A metallic implant flat on the bone side and concave and rimmed on the disc side are imlpanted with a metal ball bearing trapped my the concavity and rim complete the implants. As one moves the ball bearing is allowed to move within the precisely machined nd matched plates, ...Read more


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Opinion on lumbar disc replacement? Had fusion L4-S1 and wondering if would be possibility if adjacent segments deteriorate.

Yes, but ....: Yes, but relatively short term history of procedure, . Adjacent 2 level fusion puts additional strain on thel3-4 level-need to see orthopedic spine specialist with experience in disc replacement ...Read more

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Is Lumbar Disc (L5/S1) replacement a viable option? If so, is Spinal Kinetics M6L better than Synthes ProDisc?

Is Lumbar Disc (L5/S1) replacement a viable option? If so, is Spinal Kinetics M6L better than Synthes ProDisc?

Yes and no: For the appropriately selected candidate who has also failed non-operative care, I do think a disc replacement can be a very viable option. The profuse in general probably had more ongterm data to support its use at this point, which is not to say it is better( just more documentation that it is relatively safe and effective. ...Read more

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How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

How effective are disc replacement options in lumbar spine? Cervical spine?

See below: They are safe and effective and have similar results as the clasSic ACDF their advantages over the fusion are theoretical in my opinion the Acdf has a 95% chance at relieving arm pain neither are neck pain procedures , both do a good job relieving arm pain from pinched neck nerves early adopters of new technology can be surprised by outcomes since they are not as well studied without long term ...Read more

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Does cervical spine or lumbar spine surgery have the best prognosis and ease of surgery? Is artificial disc replacement or fusion  surgery best for treating cervical spondylosis?

Many variations: Anterior or posterior, discectomy, decompression, or fusion. All affect recovery rates. For fusions, anterior cervical tends to be an easier recovery than lumbar. Cervical adr is quite comparable to fusion for short and mid-term outcomes. Longer term studies may show better long-term results than fusion, but we currently don't have enough data. ...Read more

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What happens after artificial disc replacement?

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. ...Read more

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What does an artificial disc replacement entail?

What does an artificial disc replacement entail?

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. ...Read more

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When could an artificial disc replacement be used?

Needs detail: This is a highly customizable question, depending on health, circumstance, goals, weight, family history, stability, payor, and needs thorough diagnosis and analysis. ...Read more

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Has any one had spinal disc replacement and what was used?

Has any one had spinal disc replacement and what was used?

Charite^: Although I have not had a replacement disc, I have performed this operation utilizing the charite^ artificial disc. When the patients are properly selected there is a very successful outcome. Additionally, for those cases where severe pain persist, a fusion remains a viable option. But the most important thing is proper patient selection. See your spinal surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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Lumbar (Definition)

The lumbar part of the spine is the low back. It is made up of five bones (most of the time) stacked one on top of the other. They are connected by disks, facet joints, and ligaments. These soft parts allow for movement controlled by the spinal muscles; the muscles can also keep it stiff when need be. The lumbar spine also contains and protects nerves to ...Read more