Disc Replacement Surgery Success Rates
Do you want to know about the disc replacement surgery success rates? It is a minimally invasive surgery that requires the surgeon to make a small incision in the abdomen to approach the spine. The surgeon moves away muscles, internal organs, and blood vessels to reach the damaged disc.
Neurosurgeons at MINT use various back pain solutions, including disc replacement surgery, to replace the damaged disc in the cervical or lumbar spine with an artificial one. Here at MINT, our neurosurgeons use high-quality and branded discs, including Zimmer Mobi-C, Centinel pro-disc c and L, Aesculap activ-L, Orthodox M6, and Nuvasive Simplify disc.
What is Disc Replacement Surgery Success Rates?
Research shows that an artificial disc replacement surgery lasts an average of 70 years. Because there is no need for follow-up surgery, this minimally invasive surgery has higher success rates. One study shows that artificial disc replacement surgery has an 87.5% success rate. However, according to the FDA, the success rate of this surgery is higher than 90%.
Unlike spinal fusion surgery with a success rate ranging between 70 and 90%, an artificial disc replacement surgery for the cervical or lumbar spine has over 90% success rate, making it a more effective and reliable approach. Because spinal fusion involves removing damaged disc and insertion of bone graft material, its rehabilitation period is between six to eight months.
On the other hand, artificial disc replacement surgery does not involve inserting a bone graft material, leading to a reduced rehabilitation period and quick recovery. According to the FDA’s clinical trial data, people who underwent disc replacement surgery had a success rate of over 87% compared with 81% of spinal fusion patients.
Back Pain Solutions
Back pain, including cervical, thoracic, and lumbar pain, varies from patient to patient. It can increase in intensity slowly, show up intermittently, occur suddenly, and remain constant. Common causes of back pain include overuse, disc injury, including disc herniation or disc tear, disc degeneration, spinal stenosis, deformity, and scoliosis.
According to MINT’s qualified and experienced neurosurgeons, it also occurs due to arterial disease, vascular disease, and degenerative spondylolisthesis. Many people undergo conventional treatment options, such as pain-relieving medications, including NSAIDs, narcotics, opioids, and epidural injections.
Physical therapy, stretching exercises, yoga, and acupuncture can also treat acute back pain. However, when your cervical or lumbar spine pain persists for more than three months, you may need to undergo surgery. There are two broad categories of spinal surgeries: open back surgery and minimally invasive surgery.
Disc replacement surgery performed through a minimally invasive technique is a sophisticated approach with higher success rates. Although the average success rate is between 85% and 95%, MINT’s surgeons have achieved over 98% disc replacement surgery success rates.
Spinal Fusion Vs. Disc Replacement
Spinal fusion and disc replacement are minimally invasive techniques performed to remove damaged discs and relieve back pain. Spinal fusion involves removing the disc and inserting a bone graft material to fuse the two bones. In contrast, disc replacement involves removing the problematic disc and replacing it with an artificial one.
Therefore, disc replacement surgery success rates are higher than spinal fusion for reducing lumbar spine pain, increase flexibility, improve mobility, and promote strength. Disc replacement surgery has a shorter recovery period because it does not involve vertebral fusion and waiting for bones to fuse together.
MINT’s neurosurgeons use high-quality artificial discs, such as Aesculap activ-L or Zimmer Mobi-C, to relieve cervical or lumbar spine pain. Moreover, the typical hospital stay is between two to four days. Our health staff will encourage you to stand and walk the day after the minimally invasive surgery (disc replacement procedure).
Disc replacement surgery is cost-effective than other minimally invasive procedures, including spinal fusion. According to Dr. Scott Kutz, a qualified neurosurgeon and the founder of MINT, Plano, TX, artificial disc replacement has a positive economic impact for patients with degenerative disc disease than spinal fusions.
Benefits of Disc Replacement Surgery
Artificial disc replacement surgery offers a wide range of benefits. For instance, it provides increased flexibility in the cervical or lumbar spine after the procedure. It also provides an increased range of motion in the lumbar spine. People who undergo this minimally invasive surgery have vertebral discs that continue to move without bonding to other vertebrae.
- Reduces the risk of degeneration or damage to other spinal discs
- A minimally invasive surgical option and an excellent alternative to spinal fusion
- Fewer post-surgical complications and quicker rehabilitation period
If you suffer from back pain due to a herniated or degenerated disc, you can consult our qualified neurosurgeon. Contact us today if you need more information on disc replacement surgery success rates.