Disc replacements can be performed in the cervical area (neck and shoulders) or lumbar spine (lower back), althoughÂ the outcomes are typically better in the cervical spine.Â Disc replacements are an alternative to spinal fusion, which can be a much more involved surgery.
In disc replacement surgery, the disc is removed.Â A motion preservation device is then inserted into the disc space that allows for flexion, extension, lateral bending and rotation through the device. The bone of the vertebrae grows into the deviceâ€™s surface, holding it in place.
Cervical and lumbar pain are extremely common, and so are the reasons for experiencing them. Muscle sprains and strains are among the most frequent reasons for this type of discomfort, but disc degeneration and bulging or herniated discs are two of the most likely reasons you might need cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgery. These replacements are done if the primary problem is disc degeneration or disc bulging/herniation in the absence of significant arthritis in the facet joints, instability or deformity.
Our goal at the DISC Spine Institute is to permanently remove the chronic pain associated with cervical and lumbar disc pain as quickly as possible, doing so by the least invasive means possible. Sometimes that means lumbar and cervical disc replacement surgery. This type of surgery is intended to heal the pain associated with the damaged disc while preserving motion.
Living with lumbar and cervical pain can be unpleasant at best, with prolonged discomfort and convalescence. Because there are so many different conditions that can result in this type of pain, itâ€™s important to see a doctor quickly and get a proper diagnosis so you know what youâ€™re dealing with. Some spinal conditions can cause further degeneration, leading to dangerous outcomes if left untreated.
At your initial appointment at the DISC Spine Institute, our friendly staff will collect your registration forms as well as any other pertinent information. Be sure to alert us to any prior medical conditions you have suffered and bring along your MRI if you have already had one. Our trusted surgeons will study your medical history and any prior imaging, and you will have an opportunity to discuss any symptoms you have been experiencing.
At this time, our doctors will also discuss whether they feel that any additional tests, including x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, EMG/NCSs, or blood tests, are needed. These will help us to pinpoint the precise source of your pain. Once these steps have been completed, weâ€™ll have sufficient information to make a diagnosis and then establish your treatment plan.