Top
10
Doctor insights on: When Could An Artificial Disc Replacement Be Used

Share
1

1
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

See 2 more doctor answers

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


2

2
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

3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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

5

5
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

7

7
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

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
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

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
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

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
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

See 2 more doctor answers