Considering Disc Replacement Surgery on the Central Coast
If you live with constant back pain, you may find it difficult to focus on your work or relax during leisurely activities. Disc replacement is an option for easing your discomfort, so you can get back to living your life to its fullest.
Our Dignity Health Central Coast doctors work with you to determine the most effective ways to relieve your pain and start you on the path to healing. If you decide that disc replacement in on the Central Coast is the best treatment for you, our orthopedic experts will help you every step of the way.
Find a Doctor to determine if disc replacement surgery will improve your range of motion and help you return to a more active lifestyle.
Are You a Candidate for Disc Replacement at Dignity Health Central Coast?
Disc replacement is orthopedic surgery to replace a damaged spinal disc with an artificial disc. This back surgery offers you an alternative to spinal fusion, which permanently joins two vertebrae.
Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor may recommend disc replacement if you meet the following criteria:
- Your back pain involves only one or two spinal discs.
- Your back pain is not related to facet joint problems or nerve compression.
- Your spine is no longer growing.
- You do not have scoliosis or other spinal deformity.
- You are not excessively overweight.
- You have not had previous spine surgery.
One of our orthopedic surgeons or neurosurgeons will perform your disc replacement at one of these Dignity Health Central Coast hospital locations:
- Arroyo Grande Community Hospital
- French Hospital Medical Center
- Marian Regional Medical Center
- St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital
- St. John’s Regional Medical Center
The specific type of surgery for artificial disc replacement will depend on the location of your damaged disc, such as the neck or lower back. Your surgeon will discuss your personalized plan and disc replacement recovery time with you.
Disc Replacement Recovery Time
You can plan on spending two to four days at one of our hospitals after disc replacement. Physical therapy will help you recover and improve your spine’s flexibility.
Your trusted Dignity Health Central Coast health care provider will let you know when it is safe to return to your normal activities. Full recovery can take several weeks to several months.
Contact us if you are considering disc replacement on the Central Coast. Our award-winning orthopedics team includes health care providers who specialize in healing your mind, body, and spirit.
As part of our comprehensive orthopedic services, Dignity Health can help reduce your back pain with disc replacement on the Central Coast of California.