When disc-related pain doesn’t improve with conventional medical treatment, a disc replacement may be the solution. At South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., Zak Ibrahim, MD, has helped many patients with disc disease regain an active lifestyle with innovative disc replacement surgery. If you’re ready to do something about the pain and want to learn if you’re a good candidate for disc replacement, call the office in Centennial or Castle Rock, Colorado, or Garden City, Kansas, or book online to request an appointment today.
Disc replacement is a type of spine surgery to remove a damaged disc and replace it with an artificial disc. After removing a damaged disc, the spine becomes unstable. There are two ways to solve that problem: a spinal fusion or a disc replacement.
Both treatments restore stability, but there’s a big difference between them. A fusion joins two vertebrae together, which stops movement.
An artificial disc preserves normal spine movement. By design, the new disc moves just like a normal disc and duplicates its function, so you have the full range of motion and spinal stability.
At South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., Dr. Ibrahim may recommend disc replacement surgery when you have chronic back or neck pain caused by a damaged disc. The two most common causes of disc problems are:
You have a herniated disc when the gel-like substance in the middle of a disc leaks out through a tear in the disc’s outer cover.
The leaking gel damages the spinal nerves, causing pain and tingling that shoot down your arms and legs. As the gel seeps out, the disc stops working properly. Then you end up with severe pain and limited movement in your back or neck.
Over the years, spinal discs dry out, flatten, and collapse, leading to pain and pinched nerves. Though discs naturally degenerate as you get older, the process can accelerate if you suffer a spine injury.
After you receive general anesthesia, Dr. Ibrahim makes an incision in your neck (for a cervical disc replacement) or abdomen (for a lumbar disc replacement).
He removes the disc and takes care of any other problems like bone spurs. Then he inserts the artificial disc, using imaging to be sure he properly places the disc between the two vertebrae.
When performing a cervical disc replacement, Dr. Ibrahim uses the Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. This advanced device has a patented core that restores height and full mobility. It also preserves the vertebral bone and has a coated covering that helps the vertebra grow and attach to the disc.
Once the disc is in place and attached to the two adjoining vertebrae, Dr. Ibrahim sews the incision closed, and your procedure is over.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for disc replacement, call South Denver Spine & Robotics, P.C., or schedule an appointment online today.