Artificial Disc Replacement
An Artificial Disc Replacement (also called a disc replacement or spine arthroplasty device) is a device that is implanted into the spine to imitate the functions of a normal disc (carry load and allow motion). With a disc nucleus replacement, only the center of the disc (the nucleus) is removed and replaced with an implant. The outer part of the disc (the annulus) is not removed. Artificial discs are usually made of metal or plastic-like (biopolymer) materials, or a combination of the two. The indications for disc replacement may vary for each type of implant.
You may be a candidate for an Artificial Disc Replacement if you have:
- Diagnostic test such as an MRI, CT and/or Myelogram that show disc degeneration
- Significant pain, weakness, or numbness in either arms, legs or feet
- Upper extremity and/or lower extremity radiating pain (sciatica) worse than neck or back pain
- Symptoms that have not improved with physical therapy or medication
- Weakness or loss of feeling in the genital area, and loss of bladder or bowel control
Your care team comprising of our orthopedic and neurospine surgeons will correlate the results of these studies. After they have reviewed your medical history to help determine the source of your pain and provide specific details, they will provide the best comprehensive treatment options.
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