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What Is An Artificial Disc
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
TMJ Movement: The articular disc or meniscus is a biconcave structure that is positioned above the condyle of the mandible and the glenoid fossa of the temporal bone. The disc allows for a smooth or gliding movement of the condyle in the normal tmj. If the meniscus or disc is abnormally positioned or deformed, it can be a major source for pain and TMJ pathology. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A disc replacement: Certain individuals with lumbar or cervical disc disease can qualify for a disc replacement. Somewhat similar to hip and knee replacements done today. The purpose of this procedure is to maintain motion at the level with the disc pathology. This helps to prevent further degeneration of the disc that are adjacent to the level operated on in the future. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the difference between a herniated disc a disc protrusion and disc extrusion. And which is most serious if the three ?
Big difference: Disc Protrusion is when the distance between the edges of the disc herniation is less than the distance between the edges of the base. Disc Extrusion is when the distance between the edges of the disc material is greater than the distance at the base. Disc herniation may vary in severity from case to case. ...Read more
Tissue engineering: Tissue engineering is an exciting field of study whereby new organs can be made from "stem" cells on biological "scaffolding". Rudimentary artificial kidneys have been made in such a fashion which produce "urine", but their application in medicine is a long way off yet. Much of this pioneering work has been done by dr. Anthony atala at wake forest university in nc. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Joint replacement: An "artificial joint" is a term describing a joint that has been operated on and typically replaced by a synthetic joint with the goal of improving pain and/or function of the joint. A common example is a patient who has a painful, arthritic knee and undergoes a total knee replacement. ...Read more
What is the best diagnostic method to see if there is herniated disc or it's about piriformis syndrome?
An MRI: A physical exam is first in the evaluation. Piriformis syndrome and sciatica often causes pain in the buttock and posterior thigh. Nerve irritation or compression from a herniated disc can cause similar symptoms but with pain and weakness extending below the knee and sometimes into the foot. Plain x-rays then an MRI if symptoms persist is the image of choice. ...Read more
Conservative crown : Onlay is a conservative alternative to crown. Tooth cusps are preserved by "cusping" but tooth is not cut down so much like crown. If done properly, onlay is the best option to restore a weakened tooth. Onlays can be done from gold but also tooth color materials. Consult the dentist what would be the best option for you. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Herniated Disk: The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Protruding disc lumber5 chronic pain and nothing is helping, what kind of procedure could fix this? Also have an annular tear in the protrusion.
First, you need to : Confirm that this is the cause of your symptoms and that you have exhausted all the appropriate treatments for that diagnosis. These might include injections through pain management, pt, medication and time. Lifestyle changes are important like weight control, regular exercise & not smoking. To have a protrusion, there is an annular tear. Surgical options are dependent on correct diagnosis. ...Read more
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