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Disc Replacement


This is a soft tissue injury to the muscles and just as orthopedic surgeons have replaced worn-out hips, knees, and other joints in the body, now they have the technology to replace worn-out discs in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine).

These artificial discs are in variable stages of approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Although European surgeons have implanted artificial discs in the spine for several years with good results, many of the implant devices are still being tested in the U.S.A.

Symptoms which might lead one to require disc replacement surgery:

  • Neck or back pain localized to only one or two degenerated or herniated discs
  • Younger patients who may not want to undergo spinal fusion
  • Symptomatic patients who want to maintain the range of motion of their spine

Traditional Surgery

  • Historically, spinal surgeons treated certain disc herniations or degenerated discs with disc removal and fusion (welding together of 2 spinal bones).
  • Although the success rate has been greater than 90%, many surgeons are concerned that the fusion in one spinal area may accelerate the development of a disc problem at another level. Hypothetically, and with some promising results, disc replacement surgery may slow down or prevent the development of another problem.

Possible Treatment Options

Surgical Procedure

The disc replacement is performed through the front of your spine.

After careful removal of most of the disc, an artificial disc replacement prosthesis is placed between the vertebral bones.

The prosthesis is usually a combination of metal and very hard plastic.

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for DISC Replacement. Conditions such as osteoporosis and severe arthritis could potentially produce poor results.

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What Do Our Clients Say…

  • "I had a great experience with my back problems. Dr. Dhupar was able to guide me through a course of non-operative treatment and avoid surgery. I would highly recommend a visit if you have back problems."

  • "My husband suffered for years until Dr. Dhupar stopped his sciatica through a minimally invasive surgical procedure. We are very thankful and highly recommend his services."

  • "Thank you very much for helping me. I had excruciating pain until I had a microdiscectomy. The operation helped me tremendously and I highly recommend the helpful staff at North Colorado Spine.

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