Artificial Disc Specialist

Academy of Neurosurgical Physicians

Neurological Surgery located in Hollywood, FL

If you have a vertebral disc that’s beyond repair with non-surgical solutions, an artificial disc replacement can provide the pain relief you need. Anthony Hall, MD, CM, FACS, FAANS, at Academy of Neurosurgical Physicians in Hollywood, Florida, is a board-certified neurological surgeon with experience performing artificial disc surgery. An artificial disc can help relieve your pain and restore function to your spine. To learn more, call Academy of Neurosurgical Physicians or schedule an appointment online now.

Artificial Disc Q & A

What is an artificial disc?

When you have an irreparably damaged vertebral disc, an artificial disc can act as a functional replacement. The discs in your spine sit in between your vertebrae. They allow the spine flexibility when you sit, stand, or move. 

Each disc consists of a hard casing with a softer center. Sometimes, the outer shell degenerates or develops small cracks. That can cause the soft center to push through and irritate surrounding nerves. Not only does a damaged or herniated disc cause chronic pain, but it can also significantly diminish your mobility.

Replacing a damaged or deteriorated disc with an artificial replacement can help restore normal motion to your spine, reduce back pain, and improve your overall quality of life.

How do I know if I need an artificial disc replacement?

Many people with lower back pain that stems from a damaged or herniated disc can benefit from artificial disc replacement surgery. Your provider at Academy of Neurosurgical Physicians can determine if an artificial disc replacement is right for you after running a series of tests, including:

  • X-ray imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Discography
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans

In addition to imaging tests, the team always reviews your medical history and completes a physical exam before recommending treatment. They may also order lab tests, such as bloodwork, for a comprehensive view of your health.

Most physicians typically recommend artificial disc surgery when you’ve already exhausted your non-surgical options and are unsatisfied with your results. If this is the case, a disc replacement may be right for you.

It’s important to note that the procedure does not treat spinal deformities, like scoliosis. The right candidate must also be in overall good health and maintain a healthy weight before the procedure.

What is recovery like after an artificial disc replacement?

An artificial disc replacement is a surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia. You can typically expect to be home the same day or after 1 night for multilevel procedures. Most people start walking and moving the same day of surgery. Your pain and mobility
should improve significantly within days to weeks.

To learn more about artificial disc replacement surgery, call Academy of Neurosurgical Physicians or schedule an appointment online now.