If you suffer from chronic neck or low back pain despite conservative treatment, you may be a candidate for artificial disc replacement. Artificial disc replacements can provide pain relief while preserving spine movement. To find out if you’d benefit from an artificial disc replacement, call Ramin Rabbani, MD in Beverly Hills, California or book an appointment online.
Artificial disc replacement is a surgical procedure for removing a diseased or damaged disc from your spine and replacing it with a prosthetic disc. This procedure is often necessary because a diseased or damaged disc may impinge on the nerve and collapsed causing chronic pain.
The traditional alternative to disc replacement is discectomy (disc removal) followed by spinal fusion. Fusion permanently joins two or more vertebrae using a bone graft or special materials, which results in reduced mobility.
Dr. Rabbani can replace a disc in your neck (cervical disc replacement) or your lower back (lumbar disc replacement). A disc replacement can:
Patients with lower back or neck pain caused by a diseased or damaged disc may benefit from artificial disc replacement. Dr. Rabbani considers this option when you experience pain after a course of non-operative conservative treatment, such as therapy, medication and exercise.
Dr. Rabbani considers various criteria related to your overall health and medical history before determining whether you’re a good candidate for artificial disc replacement.
During an artificial disc replacement procedure, Dr. Rabbani first removes the diseased or damaged disc and cleans the vertebrae, clearing away all remnants of the original disc and opening all the spaces for the nerves. Then, he spreads the two vertebrae apart, which takes pressure off the nerves and creates a temporary space to accommodate your new disc.
Artificial discs typically consist of two metal end caps that Dr. Rabbani places on each vertebra or two metal pieces and a plastic component in the center. When the new disc is in place, he returns the vertebrae to its normal position. Closure of skin is done with internal sutures.
If you have neck or back pain that doesn’t respond to treatment, call Ramin Rabbani, MD or book an appointment online today.