Artificial Lumbar Disc

The Craniospinal Center of Los Angeles

Brian R. Gantwerker, MD

Neurosurgeon located in Santa Monica, CA

When a patient has severe back pain and/or sciatica, surgery may be offered.  Newer technology has allowed the selection of an artificial disc in the back (lumbar spine) instead of a fusion.  These have been shown to be as good, if not better than lumbar fusion in terms of long-term outcome and repeat surgery.

Lumbar Disc Replacement

What is it?

- Discs in the back (lumbar spine) can degenerate due to age, repetitive injury, or trauma.  This can cause pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling.


How are they placed?

- Similar to a fusion, they are placed through a small incision on the front of the abdomen in the operating room.

- The disc is totally removed and the prosthesis is placed, replacing the disc in the space.


Does it work?

- The discs are designed to closely mimic the natural movements of the back.


Is it better than a fusion?

- In some cases, yes.  However, a lumbar artificial disc is not right for every patient.  Call us at (310) 694-8300 or email us at to schedule a visit and better understand your or your loved one's options.