Perhaps the most anticipated advance in spine surgery over the past 20 years was the arrival of the artificial disc, an alternative to spinal fusion that aims to preserve the natural motion of the spine.
While there are risks of any surgery, one should be especially cautious when it comes to operating on the spine. If you are faced with a back issue, no matter how simple or complex the issue may be, it is [read more]
Between the vertebrae are discs that act as shock absorbers and allow your neck to move freely side to side and forward and backward. Over time, or after an injury, these discs can break down, lose their height and have [read more]
The spine is composed of many vertebrae stacked on top of each other. Between these bones are discs, which act as shock absorbers. The shock-absorbing discs resemble jelly donuts, each having a jelly-like center. As we age, the discs naturally [read more]
Artificial disc replacement, also referred to as disc arthroplasty or total disc replacement, is an alternative to spinal fusion that involves removing a damaged disc and replacing it with an artificial implant. The artificial disc is able to retain the [read more]
When talking about artificial disc replacement it is important to recognize that there is a huge difference between lumbar disc replacement (low back) and cervical disc replacement (neck). Many spine surgeons are more cautious about lumbar disc replacement than cervical [read more]
Typically, artificial disc is considered a treatment option for a herniated disc in the low back or neck. It typically does NOT relate to any back or neck pain limited to the low back or neck, or any soft tissue [read more]
If you’ve been told you have a herniated disc in your neck or low back, the natural thing would be to go to the Internet to learn your treatment options. You may also have been told you need a spinal fusion [read more]