Your vertebral discs age as you get older, and sometimes damaged, herniated discs can cause you a great deal of pain.
An artificial disc is a device that is inserted between your vertebrae to replace the original disc that is causing any pain.
Artificial disc replacement is one of the most successful treatments for spinal pain caused by herniated discs, bone spurs or failed surgery.
Is Artificial Disc Replacement right for me?
When pain medications, injections, and physical therapy have failed to provide you with relief for your vertebral pain first, you might talk with your doctor or make an appointment with Comprehensive Orthopedic and Spine Care for a consultation for additional treatment.
To determine if you are a good candidate for artificial disc replacement, you may require a few tests, including:
- MRI Scans
- CT Scans
Artificial disc replacement is not appropriate for everyone who experiences spinal pain. You might be a candidate if you have the following:
- Pain caused by one or more deteriorating spinal discs
- No significant facet joint disease or compression on the spinal nerves
- Body size that is not excessively overweight
- No prior major surgery on the spine
- No scoliosis (spine deformity)
Am I a candidate for Artificial Disc Replacement?
Most patients can expect the relief of pain and disability in the weeks to months following surgery.
Studies show that artificial disc replacement can improve your condition, but does not completely eliminate pain. Before your surgery, it is important to discuss your condition with your doctor.
If you would like to find out more about artificial disc replacement or have questions about your condition and possible treatment, make an appointment with Dr. Joseph Weinstein today!