Disc replacement is a type of back surgery. During the procedure, your doctor removes a damaged spinal disc and replaces it with an artificial one. It is an alternative to spinal fusion, when two vertebrae are surgically joined together.
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When is Disc Replacement Surgery Performed?
Your doctor may recommend disc replacement if:
- Your back pain is not related to nerve compression, facet joint problems, or more than two spinal discs
- You do not have a spinal deformity, such as scoliosis
- Your spine is finished growing and is skeletally mature
- You have not had previous spine surgery
- You are at a healthy weight for surgery
What to Expect During Your Disc Replacement Procedure
Your disc replacement will be performed in a Dignity Health Southern California hospital. It is major surgery, so you will have general anesthesia. After your surgeon removes the damaged disc, he or she will replace it with a metal or metal and plastic artificial disc.
Disc Replacement Recovery at Dignity Health Southern California
After disc replacement, you will need to stay in the hospital for a few days. You will begin physical therapy soon after the procedure. However, you will need to avoid movements that jar or hyperextend your spine for many weeks. Full recovery can take several weeks to several months.
Trust our doctors to help you decide if disc replacement is the right surgery for you and provide exceptional care every step of the way. Dignity Health offers surgical options for back pain, including disc replacement, in Southern California.