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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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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?

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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Can x-stop work instead of an artificial disc replacement?

An X-Stop is : Indicated for treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis at one or two levels but not usually at l5-s1 as there is usually not proper available anatomy to secure its placement there. Artificial disc is indicated for treatment of back pain without presence of severe degeneration or spinal stenosis or any instability at that spinal segment. They are used for different diagnoses so not interchangeable. ...Read more

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Will x-stop work in place of an artificial disc replacement?

No: X-stop, achieves decompression by elevating the two dorsal processes, into a slightly bent forward position, which simulates bending forward on a shopping cart to reduce symptoms of spinal stenosis. An artificial disc actually replaces a damaged disc and provides more normal intervertebral biomechanics and does not, ideally alter sagittal balance. ...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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How safe is a fusion after artificial disc replacement and does it work?

How safe is a fusion after artificial disc replacement and does it work?

Hmm more details?: Repeat anterior approaches can be fatal one rule ilived by only one anterior lumbar approach in a life time good saftey guidline i can only think of two reason to fuse after a replacement catastrophic mechanical implant failure and facet arthritis desparate diagnostic confusion never operate if confused about the scource of pain facet arthritis is a contraindication for replacement can I have more. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Who is a good candidate for artificial disc replacement surgery?

Who is a good candidate for artificial disc replacement surgery?

Active person : Artificial disc is most relevant in a person who needs physical performance in their personal or employment lives, maximizing range of motion, rehab, early return to function and reducing the long term risk of adjacent level wear and tear. ...Read more

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Who is not a good candidate for artificial disc replacement surgery?

Poor functional goal: Artificial disc replacement is a solution designed to improve range of motion, speed of recovery, physical capacity and ultimately to reduce the risk of adjacent level disc disease. People who are not committed to good physical health and who do not have functional goals are probably less good candidates for artificial disc. Medically, osteoporosis and severe arthritis complicate tdr treatment ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What's artificial disc replacement surgery rehab?

Progressive: For cervical, encourage ambulation day one, with progress towards longer walks, getting the heart rate up. Simultaneously, passive range of motion of the neck, increasing as tolerated, with return to low impact upper extremity weights, bands after two weeks, increased as tolerated, keeping total weight to a level where the surgical site is isolated and effort is smooth, and easy. ...Read more

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What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

What patients can undergo artificial disc replacement surgery?

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. ...Read more

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How is a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery performed?

How is a cervical artificial disc replacement surgery performed?

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. ...Read more

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Is a 2 level cervical artificial disc replacement safe and effective? What is the longevity of the disc? How long has it been FDA approved?

Chartre': The artificial disc has been used in Europe for about a decade and in the US for about half that time. It has been highly successful and prevents adjacent disc injury. The operation for a skilled surgeon is quite simple and fast with minimal complications. ...Read more

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I have subtle retrolisthesis. And extreme pain after artificial disc replacement surgery when using left arm to open heavy doors ?

I have subtle retrolisthesis. And extreme pain after artificial disc replacement surgery when using left arm to open heavy doors ?

Must know where pain: Pain in the shoulder opening door could be shoulder cuff or capsule.Should not relate to surgery. It's another problem unless it shoots pain into your hand. Then I would assume a surgical complication or another disc injury. Your age would help since cuff tears are more prevalent in older people esp weekend warriors. The sex would help. Men are more aggressive. Capsular tears more common. ...Read more

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Is a neurosurgeon vs orthopedic spine surgeon better for performing cerv artificial disc replacement or vice versa?

Most experienced: Both orthopaedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons can be trained to perform arthroplasty. I have trained hundreds of both and those with the most commitment to excellence, experience, surgical skill, thoughtful decision making and ultimately commitment to their patients, whether neuro or ortho are best. I encourge you to find a surgeon who has committed experience. ...Read more

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Is c4-5 disc herniation related to lower limb paraesthesia? How long does it take for paraesthesias to get to normal after artificial disc replacement

Is c4-5 disc herniation related to lower limb paraesthesia? How long does it take for paraesthesias to get to normal after artificial disc replacement

Yes, it can.: A c4-5 disc herniation can cause compression of the spinal cord leading to lower limb symptoms including pain, numbness, and weakness. Assuming there is no longer any pressure on your spinal cord, it can take as long as one year (or even longer) for symptoms to improve. Weakness and numbness typically take the longest to return. Some symptoms may even be permanent even after surgery. ...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 is the definition or description of: disc replacement?

What is the definition or description of: disc replacement?

See below: 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, confined by the rim. ...Read more

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