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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a visit and better understand your or your loved one's options.
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