If you have disc degeneration, a herniated disc, or other serious disc issues that cause pain and movement problems, disc replacement surgery at North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine might be the solution. There are a number of different disc replacement procedures, and your expert surgeon is here to help you choose the right one for optimal pain relief. For a consultation, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online. The practice has five convenient locations in Fort Worth, Duncanville, Allen, and the Dallas communities of South Hampton and Skillman.
Good disc replacement candidates are typically men or women who have already attempted non-surgical treatments without lasting success. On the other hand, disc replacement could be right for you if you might get some temporary pain relief with non-surgical methods like injections, but you want a permanent solution.
Usually, disc replacement surgery is best for patients who have one or two specific discs triggering the pain. If the problem is more widespread, your doctor may recommend a different surgical solution.
Disc replacement candidates need to be at a healthy weight, so if you're overweight or obese, you may need to lose weight to qualify for this procedure. Your North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine team is here to educate and support you as you decide whether disc replacement is right for you.
North Texas Orthopaedic & Spine offers both full disc replacement and disc nucleus replacement.
In full disc replacement, your surgeon removes all of the discs, while in disc nucleus replacement only the contents of the disc are extracted.
A full disc replacement is constructed of metal, biopolymer, or both. The new artificial disc is attached to the vertebrae on either side of it, and it moves just like your natural disc did. A disc nucleus is usually biopolymer, and it's inserted into your natural disc shell.
Spinal fusion procedures such as anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, posterior lumbar interbody fusion, or lateral lumbar interbody fusion remove the damaged disc material and then fuse your vertebrae on either side together using bone graft material.
Spinal fusion is a great solution in many situations, but a spinal fusion procedure doesn't leave you with quite the same range-of-motion that you had with a healthy natural disc. By having an artificial disc, you can recapture normal spinal motion in that area. You may also have a shorter recovery period than you would have with fusion surgery.
Call the office today or book an appointment online to find out if disc replacement is for you.