Spinal disorders can lead to chronic back or neck pain that not only affects your physical health but can also affect your emotional well-being. Finding an effective treatment to manage the discomfort may further exacerbate your health and well-being. If conservative methods have failed to help you get relief from your pain, the experienced board-certified neurosurgeons at California Neurosurgical Institute, with offices in Bakersfield, Encino, and Valencia, California, can determine if you would benefit from an artificial disc replacement. Call your nearest office or use the online booking tool to schedule an evaluation today.
An artificial disc replacement refers to the prosthesis that replaces the diseased or damaged disc that’s causing your pain.
Each vertebra in your spine is separated by a disc, which is a type of cartilage that provides cushion between each bone and allows for spinal mobility. Your discs consist of an outer portion referred to as the annulus and an inner portion referred to as the nucleus.
There are two primary types of artificial disc replacements: Total disc replacement and nucleus disc replacement. These devices function just like your natural discs, providing support and mobility.
The neurosurgical team at California Neurosurgical Institute specializes in spinal surgery and determines if you would benefit from an artificial disc replacement during a consultation.
The team may consider you a good candidate for the device if your pain is due to your disc and you failed to get relief with more conservative treatments, such as medication, physical therapy, or chiropractic care.
The neurosurgical team may need to perform a discography to determine if the disc is the source of your pain. During this diagnostic test, they inject a dye into the disc and perform X-rays or a CT scan to evaluate the disc.
Artificial disc replacement surgery takes place under general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain or have any recollection of the procedure.
Your surgeon takes an anterior approach during artificial disc replacement surgery, which means they conduct the surgery by way of your neck or abdomen, depending on where the artificial disc is being placed, not your back.
After surgery, you go to a recovery room for monitoring. In most cases, you can go home the same day.
Many patients report a dramatic improvement in their disc pain symptoms soon after artificial disc replacement. You shouldn’t feel much pain at all related to the procedure, but if you do, the discomfort usually resolves within a few days.
You may be able to resume light duty within a week or two of your procedure and be back to your regular activities within six weeks.
To learn more about artificial disc replacement and if it’s an option for you, call California Neurosurgical Institute or request an appointment online today.