Artificial Disc Surgery Offers Neck & Back Pain Relief

Although traditional spine fusions are still the most prevalent surgical approach for patients with degenerative spinal diseases, Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR), sometimes referred to as Total Disc Replacement (TDR) or Cervical or Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty, is a newer surgical option that is rapidly developing to become a more popular alternative.

ADR is becoming more frequently discussed as a treatment option for degenerated discs because it enables patients to achieve higher functionality faster than with fusion surgery. Also, studies in the United States and abroad indicate that there is a lower rate of patients needing to be re-operated on years after an artificial disc surgery whereas there is a 25% chance that patients will require further surgery 10 years after a spine fusion due to developing accelerated degenerative changes at the adjacent, non-fused disc.

What is Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR)?

An artificial disc is a device inserted between two vertebrae to preserve motion at the disc space. In between your vertebral bodies (the bones in your spine) are intervertebral discs that act as gel-like shock absorbers. As a person ages, these discs can become worn out causing a decrease in the disc space. The disc becomes compressed, frayed, and/or herniates into the adjacent spinal canal where it can press on nerves or the spinal cord.

During an artificial disc replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the intervertebral disc in the process of decompressing the spinal cord or nerve root and replaces it with an artificial disc that will act as the shock absorber between the vertebral bodies.

Benefits/Advantages of Artificial Disc Replacement

•Maintaining normal motion
•Reducing degeneration of adjacent segments
•Faster return to normal activity (2-3 weeks)
•Return to full activities as soon as the wound heals sufficiently

Are You a Candidate for Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery?

Before considering surgery, conservative (non-surgical) treatments such as physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, or cold/heat therapy may be suggested. If you still experience significant neck or back pain with radicular shooting pain after a trial of conservative treatment, or if you have chronic back pain due to Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), you may be a candidate for surgery.
If your neck or back pain is affecting your quality of life and ability to function, please schedule an appointment immediately with an orthopedic spine surgeon.

Dr. Marc A. Cohen is a leader in minimally invasive and endoscopic laser spine surgery and one of the only spine surgeons in the nation performing endoscopic laser surgery for all spine-related cervical and lumbar procedures, including Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery.

Please contact the Spine Institute at 973-538-4444 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marc Cohen for a free MRI review at one of our New Jersey locations.