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Doctor insights on: Who Is Not A Good Candidate For Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

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

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

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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