Enhancing Mobility: Artificial Disc Replacement

This is a modern procedure that is being turned to as an alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery, where the damaged disc is replaced with bone, and two vertebrae are fused together for additional stability. While this may address inflammation and lack of stability that was contributing to pain, this method may limit flexibility and subsequently transfer pressure to other vertebrae. Spinal fusion also requires a lengthy recovery time for the bone graft to solidify. With artificial disc replacement, motion is gradually encouraged and included as part of the recovery process in order to regain a full range of motion. Having a full range of motion can sometimes be taken for granted by people not affected by spine conditions, but it is a large factor in quality of life. The perfect procedure results in an outcome equal to or better than what you were experiencing before. Artificial disk replacement makes strides to that end.

Artificial disc replacement is usually not considered a treatment option until alternative treatments such as injections, physical therapy, and chiropractic have been tried for at least 6 months.

This method of treating degenerative disc disease is newer and has been in practice for the last decade, whereas spinal fusion has longer-term clinical studies on the efficacy of spinal fusion addressing lower back pain. At Hunt Spine, we can deliver the correct procedure for your situation, whatever it may be. We actively keep informed of and trained in any advances in the treatment of spinal conditions. Dr. Leonel Hunt is one of the top researchers in this field. His findings have been presented at numerous national and international conferences as well as peer review publications.

If you have tried non-surgical methods of treatment such as chiropractic, physical therapy, and spinal injections to no or minimal success, you may be a good candidate for artificial disk replacement. Other factors considered in candidacy are:

  • Are considered to have one or two degenerated discs as the source of their pain
  • Are not overweight
  • Have had no prior back surgeries
  • Do not have spinal deformities such as scoliosis
  • Do not have significant bony compression or joint disease

Advantages of Artificial Disk Replacement are:

  • Maintaining normal neck motion
  • Reducing degeneration of adjacent parts of the spine
  • Eliminating the need for a bone graft
  • Faster recovery of neck motion
  • Faster return to normal activity

Schedule an appointment with our spine surgeons in Los Angeles at Hunt Spine today to discuss your specific back pain and whether or not you would be a good candidate for artificial disc replacement. Every individual is different and has specific needs and personalized treatment. At Hunt Spine, we take the time needed to get to know you and your situation so we can plan out the correct treatment for the optimum result. You must fully understand your condition, its ramifications, and treatment options so you can make an educated decision; we will work towards this end in your comprehensive, one-on-one consultation.

At Hunt Spine, you are what matters most. It is our duty to improve your quality of life by treating back and spine conditions, this is a duty we do not take lightly and it shows in our unique one-on-one consultation. In this consultation, we take as much time as needed to insure we plan out a specialized treatment that will yield optimal results.

Another important factor is you, the patient are fully educated on your condition and its treatment options. You will leave the consultation with a firm understanding and a treatment goal in mind. Dr. Leonel Hunt and Dr. Gabriel Hunt are dedicated to improving your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more, and schedule a consultation with some of the best spine specialists Los Angeles has to offer.

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