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

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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