Constant back pain can interfere with every part of your life and affect your overall well-being. Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors offer a range of back surgeries, including disc replacement, to help ease your pain and get you moving again.
Your doctor will discuss your personal goals to recommend the most effective way to treat your pain. If disc replacement is the best treatment for you, our orthopedic doctors will help you every step of the journey.
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Is Disc Replacement at Dignity Health Central California Right for You?
As an alternative to spinal fusion, orthopedic surgery that replaces a damaged spinal disc with an artificial disc is called disc replacement. Spinal fusion is another kind of back surgery back surgery that permanently joins two vertebrae.
Your doctor may recommend disc replacement versus fusion if:
- Your spine is no longer growing.
- You do not have scoliosis or other spinal deformity.
- You are not excessively overweight.
- Your back pain involves only one or two spinal discs.
- Your back pain is not related to facet joint problems or nerve compression.
- You have not had spine surgery before.
An orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon will perform your disc replacement at one of these Dignity Health Central California hospital locations:
There are different types of surgery your doctor can choose from to perform your artificial disc replacement. The type of surgery will depend on the location of your damaged disc, such as your neck or lower back. Your Dignity Health Central California surgeon will explain your disc replacement recovery time with you and create a personalized plan for your healing.
Disc Replacement Recovery & Getting Back to Your Active Lifestyle
Most people can expect to spend two to four days at one of our Dignity Health Central California hospitals after disc replacement. Physical therapy will help with recovery and your spine movement.
Your doctor will continue to watch your recovery and will tell you when you can return to your regular activities. Full recovery can take several weeks to several months.
If you are considering disc replacement, talk with an orthopedic expert at Dignity Health Central California.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedic doctors offer pain relief with disc replacement surgery in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.