Lumbar Disc Replacement

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How can Lumbar disc replacement help you?

Lumbar disc replacement is a surgical procedure wherein the damaged spinal disc in the lumbar region (lower back) is replaced by an artificial disc. A damaged or ruptured disc in the lumbar region can lead to nerve compression and chronic pain in the buttocks and legs. The surgeon replaces the damaged disc with an artificial disc, thus restoring mobility and alleviating back pain. Brand Surgical Institute performs lumbar disc replacement using minimally invasive techniques that allow you to resume your daily activities quickly.

How does lumbar disc replacement alleviate lower back pain?

The spine contains vertebrae separated by spinal discs that act as shock absorbers, facilitating smooth spinal movements. The spinal disc contains a soft nucleus and a hard outer shell. When the spinal disc is damaged or ruptured because of injuries, wear and tear, or other factors, the internal nucleus may leak out and pinch the surrounding nerve roots. If the damaged disc is located in the lumbar region, the symptoms of nerve compression will affect the lower back, buttocks, and legs.

Lumbar disc replacement is a surgical procedure that removes and replaces the damaged spinal disc from the lumbar region. The surgeon makes a strategic incision on the lower back to access the spine. The damaged disc is carefully extracted and replaced by an artificial disc made of plastic or metal. This procedure removes the obstructers from the nerve roots, alleviating the symptoms of back pain. Furthermore, since it replaces the spinal disc, it also improves mobility and flexibility.

Benefits of lumbar disc replacement:

  • Alleviates chronic back pain from the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs
  • Reduces the symptoms of nerve compression, such as numbness and tingling
  • Provides a greater range of motion than a spinal fusion or discectomy
  • Promotes speedy recovery and healing
  • Reduces the risk of the other spinal discs getting damaged

You are the ideal candidate
for lumbar disc replacement if:

  • You have severe and persistent chronic back pain lasting over 3 months.
  • You have the symptoms of nerve compression in the lower back, such as numbness, tingling sensations, and the loss of bladder and bowel control.
  • Your conservative treatments have failed or provided insufficient results.
  • You are diagnosed with disc herniation or degenerative disc disease in the lumbar region.
  • You don’t have medical conditions that preclude surgery.

What happens during lumbar disc replacement?

Brand Surgical Institute performs a minimally invasive lumbar disc replacement after a thorough evaluation. The surgeon will administer x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and other tests to diagnose the root cause of chronic pain and identify the damaged disc. After a thorough evaluation, and if you have already tried conservative solutions, the surgeon will curate a personalized surgical plan for disc replacement.

Your spine surgery will be performed under general anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility. If the damaged spinal disc is in the lumbar region, the surgeon makes a small incision in the lower back. Using cutting-edge surgical techniques, the surgeon moves the muscles out of the way, accesses the spine, removes the damaged spinal disc, and replaces it with an artificial spinal disc. After making the necessary adjustments, the incision is closed.

What is recovery like after lumbar disc replacement?

You can return home the same day as the procedure and resume light activities and work within a few days. Since our surgeons perform minimally invasive spine surgeries via extremely small incisions, the recovery period is minimal. Most patients experience immediate pain relief. You must also follow the surgeon’s aftercare guidelines to ensure optimal healing.

Schedule a consultation for lumbar disc replacement in Glendale, CA

Brand Surgical Institute is the leading woman-owned ambulatory surgical center specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery in Glendale. Our surgical experts carefully diagnose the root cause of back pain, recommend conservative pain relief solutions, and only offer spine surgeries when absolutely necessary. Furthermore, our surgeons use cutting-edge minimally invasive techniques that ensure optimal healing with minimal downtime. Please schedule an appointment to explore your lumbar disc replacement options in Glendale.

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