Lumbar-Artificial disc replacement surgery

Definition

Replace a disabled lumbar intervertebral disc with an artificial disc which has mobility

As the artificial disc keeps the mobility of the disc, the movements can be fully restored after surgery compared to interbody fusion. Preserved mobility enables quicker recovery.

  • Small skin incision (5~6cm) and anterior approach alleviate the postoperative pain
  • Unrestricted movement after surgery by restored mobility, flexibility, and stability of the joint
  • Perfectly restores the distorted distances between intervertebral bodies
  • Short recovery period to minimize impact to daily life
  • Minimized degenerative changes to neighboring joints

Indication

  • Patient who has disabled discs and has had no effect from conventional treatments
  • Lumbar vertebral disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis
  • Patients who are younger than 60 years old whose facet joints would not be degenerated severely

Procedure

  • 1.General anesthesia
  • 2.Remove the damaged disc through a small incision, approximately 5~6 cm on the abdomen
  • 3.Insert an artificial disc

Duration

Approximately 1-2 hours

Hospital stay

Approximately 5-7 days

  • Removing stitches after 7-9 days
  • After removing stitches, a light shower is allowed three days later and bathing is allowed 4 weeks later
  • Brace for 1 month
  • No alcohol or tobacco allowed
  • Follow-up visit required after 2-4 weeks