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How Artificial Spine Discs are Changing the Game for Those with Chronic Back Pain

November 15, 2022

If you’re one of the tens of millions in America who suffer from chronic back pain, you know just how debilitating it can be. You may have tried all sorts of treatments, from medication to physical therapy to surgery, with limited success. But what if there was a treatment that could offer you lasting relief? Thanks to recent advancements in artificial spinal disc technology, there is now a treatment option that may be able to do just that. Read on to learn more about artificial disc spinal replacement and how it is changing the game for those with chronic back pain.

Minimally Invasive

Artificial disc spinal replacement surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces a damaged or degenerative disc with an artificial one. The artificial disc is a newer technology that offers many potential benefits over other spine surgery options. One of the most significant advantages is that it is minimally invasive. This means that patients who undergo artificial disc replacement surgery experience smaller incisions, less scarring, and a shorter recovery time than those who have undergone traditional open spine surgery.

Preserves Motion

Another benefit of artificial discs is that they preserve motion in the spine. This is in contrast to traditional spine fusion surgery, which fuses two or more vertebrae together. By preserving activity, artificial discs can help patients experience reduced pain and increased mobility compared to those who have had fusion surgery.

Made From Various Materials

Finally, artificial discs are made from various materials, including metal, plastic, and ceramic. The type of material used will depend on the patient’s specific needs. For example, patients who are younger and more active may benefit from artificial discs made from metal, while those who are older or have health conditions that limit their activity level may prefer artificial discs made from plastic or ceramic.

Shorter Recover Time

For artificial disc spinal replacement surgery, recovery time is usually around two to three weeks. This is shorter than the recovery time for traditional open spine surgery, which can take up to six weeks. Patients may experience some pain and discomfort during the first week or two of recovery, but this is typically mild and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Normally, a patient will only need to stay in the hospital for a night or two.

Artificial disc replacement surgery is still a relatively new procedure, and more research is needed to determine its long-term efficacy. However, early studies suggest that artificial disc replacement may be a safe and effective treatment option for those with chronic back pain.

If you’re considering artificial disc replacement surgery, talk to a spine surgery specialist about your options. At All Spine Care, Dr. Moulton continues to see himself as a teacher as he helps patients understand their condition and treatment options. He is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, serving as an advisor for many innovative technologies. This approach and set of skills allow him to offer the best choices for each individual to achieve their goals and recover quickly. You don’t have to live with chronic back pain; contact us today.

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