Am I a candidate for disc replacement surgery?
This surgery is considered after non-surgical treatments didn't relieve the pain or symptoms. A total discectomy needs to be performed before this procedure, but sometimes a laminectomy might be required as well. Not every patient is a candidate for this surgery, as patients with more serious conditions, like advanced arthritis, or those who have problems in more than one disk could experience more side effects after the surgery. We recommend you to refer to one of our professional doctors for an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
How do I prepare for disc replacement surgery?
You will be instructed to stop eating and drinking before the procedure, along with avoiding blood-thinning medications.
Is it necessary to have a discectomy before a disc replacement?
Yes, doctors need to do a total discectomy to remove the disc from the vertebrae. Without it, it’s impossible to properly secure the artificial disc in place. Some patients might also require a laminectomy to further relieve pressure from the nerve.
How will recovery be like?
Some people need to attend physical therapy after the procedure to help their spine heal and recover its range of motion. Your doctor will also prescribe you pain medications, and if needed, a cane to help you walk.