Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement is surgery to replace a damaged and painful disc with an artificial disc made of medical-grade metal and/or plastic. Artificial disc surgery may be performed on the lower back (lumbar spine) or the neck (cervical spine). Artificial discs are designed to imitate the form and function of the spine's natural disc.

This procedure is used to treat chronic, severe low back or neck pain resulting from degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc that has not responded to other treatments. Artificial disc replacement is an alternative to spinal fusion, with the goal of reducing or eliminating pain while still allowing motion throughout the spine.

Artificial disc replacement is a major surgery that requires general anesthesia and a 2-4 day hospital stay.

Technologies for Artificial Disc Replacement

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What to Expect for Artificial Disc Replacement

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Artificial Disc Replacement

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Education and Resources for Artificial Disc Replacement

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