Artificial Disc Replacement in Fort Worth, TX
A spinal disc provides cushioning support between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). Spinal discs help carry the body's weight and support motion of the back. Spinal discs may deteriorate as a result of age, injury or disease, and will begin to wear away or sink.
If a disc collapses, bones of the back lose cushioning and shock absorption. This puts pressure on parts of the spine and can lead to arthritis, bone spurs, nerve pain and much more. You may need an artificial disc replacement to correct the problem.
Learn more about artificial disc replacement surgery. Call (817) 731-2102 or contact Dr. Greg Gardner online.
Artificial Disc Replacement Materials
There are several types of disc replacement materials, but most are made from metal or plastic. In some cases your provider may choose to only replace the soft inner portion of the disc. He or she may do this with a medically approved gel that acts much like a real disc would.
In other cases, you may need to have the entire disc replaced. This means removing the soft inner portion plus the harder outer shell of the disc. Your provider will talk with you more about the best replacement procedure for you.
Artificial Disc Replacement Benefits
Artificial disc replacement is often used as an alternative to fusion surgeries. fusion surgeries replace damaged discs with bone graft material that will grow together over time joining the two bones together. This means those two bones will not move like they once did.
Artificial disc replacement treats the collapsed disc but eliminates the need to fuse one vertebra to another so that the bones of the spine continue to move as they always have. Artificial disc replacement is approved for bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae) and lower back (lumbar vertebrae).
Artificial Disc Replacement Procedure
There are many factors that could change how your provider replaces a disc. Traditional approaches for lumbar or lower back disc replacements meant making an incision in the abdomen and moving the intestines and blood vessels out of the way to reach the spine.
Patients who have artificial disc replacement surgery of the cervical (neck) area will have incisions in the front or side of the neck.
Artificial Disc Replacement Recovery
After disc replacement surgery, you can expect to stay a day or two in the hospital to monitor for any complications.
You will need to limit your activities and follow your provider's instructions for after care. You may need physical therapy to regain strength and movement of your back. Most patients can return to work in 4-8 weeks.
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To request more information on Artificial Disc Replacement, please call (817) 731-2102 or contact Dr. Greg Gardner online.
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