Artificial Disc Replacement for Cervical and Lumbar Spine

What is artificial disc replacement for lumbar spine? Research shows that eight out of ten people in the United States suffer from lumbar spine pain at some point in their lives. Although back pain has different causes, degenerative disc disease is a common condition that can lead to severe cervical and lumbar spine pain.

Degenerative disc disease symptoms vary depending on the damaged disc’s location. For instance, you will feel pain in the neck if you have a damaged cervical disc. However, you will also feel tingling, numbness, and pain in your arm. On the other hand, lumbar disc problems can cause pain in your lower back, and sometimes, the pain radiates to your legs.


What Is Artificial Disc Replacement?

Cervical disc replacement and artificial disc replacement for the lumbar spine are essential procedures to treat degenerative disc disease. Cervical disc replacement is a new technique used to replace a damaged intervertebral disc with an artificial disc. It is an excellent alternative to fusion surgery because it does not take time to fuse the two bones together.

Our qualified neurosurgeon removes the damaged disc in the cervical or lumbar spine during the surgery and replaces it with an artificial one. Here at MINT, our experienced neurosurgeons use high-quality artificial discs from reputable brands, such as:

·        Zimmer Mobi-C

·        Aesculap activ-L

·        Centinel pro-disc c and L

·        Orthodox M6

·        Nuvasive Simplify disc

These artificial disc replacement devices are designed to fix the spine accurately and restore flexibility, strength, and range of motion, leading to no pain. Our MINT neurosurgeons perform both artificial disc replacement for the lumbar spine and cervical disc replacement depending on the location of the damaged disc.

The recovery process usually takes 2-6 weeks, and most patients can get back to their day-to-day activities quickly without feeling any pain. MINT’s qualified and experienced neurosurgeons’ research shows that disc replacement is more effective than spinal fusion because we follow a minimally invasive approach, leading to:

·        Less blood loss during surgery

·        Shorter hospital stays

·        Quick recovery

On the other hand, open-back disc replacement or spinal fusion surgery requires at least six months rehabilitation period. Open-back surgery also leads to blood loss, damaged muscles and nerves, and increased risk of infection.


Benefits of Minimally Invasive Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement for lumbar spine or cervical disc replacement is an effective approach that offers a wide range of benefits if performed with a minimally invasive technique.

MINT has an over 98% of success rate in performing this type of minimally invasive surgery. Here are a few benefits of artificial disc replacement performed through minimally invasive techniques. Continue reading!

Improved Spinal Mobility

Whether you undergo cervical or lumbar disc replacement, artificial discs mentioned above function like natural vertebral discs in the spine, allowing greater spinal mobility, range of motion, and strength. On the other hand, fusion surgery uses a bone graft material that fuses the two bones over time and eliminated movement in your spine’s affected area.

Less Stress on Vertebral Structures

Because a disc replacement surgery performed through a minimally invasive technique allows more movement, it does not put a lot of stress on your vertebral structures, especially the vertebral bones above and below the artificial disc. That’s the reason you will recover quickly and prevent further disc degeneration. It means disc replacement surgery has fewer risks of undergoing a secondary procedure.

Fast Rehabilitation Period

Unlike open-back surgery or minimally invasive spinal fusion, artificial disc replacement for lumbar spine has a 2-6 weeks rehabilitation period. On the other hand, open-back surgery can take up to six months, and spinal fusion takes 3-5 months, depending on your physical therapy’s effectiveness. Therefore, you can resume normal day-to-day activities within six weeks.

Why MINT for Artificial Disc Replacement?

MINT has experienced, qualified, and skilled neurosurgeons who use a minimally invasive approach to perform spinal surgeries, including the artificial disc replacement procedure. Our neurosurgeons follow a step-by-step process to diagnose and treat degenerative disc disease.

For instance, our neurosurgeon will perform X-rays, CT scans, discography, and MRI scans to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. If you have scoliosis, we don’t recommend this surgery. If you had a major lumbar spine surgery (open back surgery), you are not a candidate for an artificial disc replacement procedure.

MINT’s neurosurgeons use high-quality artificial discs, such as Centinel pro-disc c and L, Orthodox M6, or Nuvasive Simplify disc, to perform the surgery. Our neurosurgeons are highly trained and skilled to replace your damaged disc with any of these artificial discs based on your condition. Contact us today for artificial disc replacement surgery.