Artificial disc replacement is a form of Motion-Sparing spine surgery that helps a patient maintain range of motion at the injured or diseased segment. The injured disc is removed and replaced with a synthetic or ‘artificial’ disc. This can be a better alternative to a fusion surgery which creates a loss of motion by the fusing of the vertebrae.
Benefits of a disc replacement compared to a fusion can include
- Better range of motion
- Faster recovery
- Less pain
- Quicker return to an active life
At Midwest Spine & Brain Institute, our surgeons have performed many successful cervical and lumbar disc replacements. Your spine surgeon will work with you to determine the specific treatment recommendation for your condition. If surgery is recommended for your condition, your surgeon will explain the procedure to you, along with the risks and benefits, in order for you to make an informed decision about your care.