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The advantage of an artificial disc is the preservation of motion. Lumbar and Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement has the same safety as a fusion surgery, and the recovery from the disc replacement is somewhat faster. Current evidence supports that artificial discs put less stress on the adjacent un-operated discs above and below. By the artificial disc placing less stress on their neighbors, the evidence supports that these un-operated adjacent discs will wear out less often as with a fusion.

The artificial disc is also called a disc replacement, disc prosthesis or arthroplasty device.

Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) for Cervical Spine

Another disadvantage of artificial disc replacement is obtaining insurance approval. Several insurance carriers consider artificial disc surgery experimental, and will not approve their use.

Many patients seek care for Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement pain by Dr. Pablo Pazmino because as an Orthopaedic surgeon he is specifically trained to diagnose, treat, and help prevent problems involving the muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Although Dr. Pablo Pazmino confines his practices to Spinal pathology he also treats a wide variety of diseases, injuries, and other conditions, including .

How is artificial disc replacement performed

A cervical artificial disc replacement can be used to treat pain arising from a damaged disc which is compressing the spinal cord or nerve roots which has not responded to non operative care such as medication, injections, rest and physiotherapy.

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Prior to the development of artificial discs, the only surgical option was fusion, where adjacent vertebral bodies were fused together, using interbody cages and bone after the damaged disc was removed.


Before the operation begins, the anesthesiologist will put the patient to sleep. A general surgeon will often prepare the approach to the spine made through the abdomen for the neurosurgeon. At this point, the neurosurgeon removes the disc material and implants the artificial disc. After doing so, the wound is closed and the patient is taken to the recovery room.

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Certain conditions prevent a patient from receiving an artificial disc. These include marked loss of disc space height, thin bones (osteoporosis), slip of one vertebra across another (called spondylolisthesis), vertebral body fracture, spine tumour or infection, significant wear and tear arthritis in the small facet joints at the back of your spine, or allergies to the materials in the artificial disc device. In addition, significant surgery to the front (anterior) of your neck or abdomen, or morbid obesity may prevent access to insert the artificial disc device into your neck or lumbar spine.

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Artificial discs are designed to fit into the damaged disc space in order to restore disc height, improve mobility and flexibility, and eliminate pain. There are several types of artificial discs. The discs are made of surgical grade metal (such as stainless steel or titanium); .some also include a soft, pliable inner material made from polyethylene.