Artificial Disc Replacement

Motion-Preserving Option For Spine Surgery

Artificial Disc Replacement is a minimally invasive surgery that replaces a degenerative disc (bad disc) that is causing your symptoms with a artificial disc that closely mimics that of the natural human spine.

Types of Motion-Preserving Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

Cervical Disc Replacement

A cervical artificial disc replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that involves removing the damaged disc in the neck and replacing it with an artificial disc that very closely resembles the motion of a healthy human disc. This modern surgical procedure improves strength, resolving pain, numbness, and associated arm symptoms (ie; arm weakness, tingling, burning, numbness).


Lumbar Disc Replacement

A lumbar disc replacement is a viable alternative for many people suffering from low back pain/conditions where motion preservation is desirable. The technology developed for lumbar disc replacement seeks to maintain motion in the low back that is similar to pre-surgical levels after the disc removal. Unlike fusion, maintaining motion in these cases does not add extra stress to the adjacent levels because the forces that occur during motion are evenly distributed across each level (rather than transferred to the adjacent levels), as it is meant to be.


Hybrid Spine Surgery

Hybrid spine surgery is a highly customized approach to solving neck or back pain for a patient. This innovative procedure combines the stability of a traditional spinal fusion with the mobility of an artificial disc replacement. With technological advances pioneered at Virginia Spine Institute, we are able to present patients with a third option that combines the best of both surgical procedures. The spine surgeons at Virginia Spine Institute were the first in the nation to perform hybrid spine surgery.


Conditions that Benefit from Artificial Disc Replacement

While artificial disc replacement cannot treat spinal instability, it may be performed to treat the following conditions:

Benefits of Artificial Disc Replacement

Artificial disc replacement has emerged as an alternative to spinal fusion for many patients with painful discs or nerve symptoms (tingling, numbness, and radiating pain into the arms or legs). This modern surgical option provides relief from spinal conditions without compromising the spine’s natural anatomical structure.

Benefits Include:

  1. Minimally invasive surgery
  2. Reduced hospital stay (patients go home same day or next day)
  3. Faster recovery than traditional spinal fusion
  4. Provides natural motion preservation
  5. Helps to decrease stress on the other disc levels in your spine
  6. Reduces risk for future surgeries

Artificial Disc Replacement FAQs

Why should I have an artificial disc replacement?

This minimall-invasive technology preserves the natural motion of the spine and decreases stress on the other disc levels in your spine. This type of surgery can help to protect the other discs in adjacent levels of the spine and prevent future surgeries.

How is an artificial disc replacement performed?

The degenerative disc (bad disc causing pain and symptoms) is addressed with a minimally invasive approach to the front of the spine. The disc and bone spurs are removed to take pressure off the spinal cord and nerves. The surgeon will then choose the appropriately sized implant (custom artificial disc) to place in the space that fits your spinal anatomy.

How long is the recovery from an artificial disc replacement?

Since these surgeries are performed in a minimally invasive fashion, most patients have a relatively quick recovery. Most patients are up walking within two hours of surgery and are discharged from the hospital the same day of surgery or the following day.

Meet Our Disc Replacement Team

Dr. Thomas Schuler

Spine Surgeon
Founder of Virginia Spine Institute
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Christopher Good

Spine Surgeon
President of Virginia Spine Institute

Dr. Colin Haines

Spine Surgeon
Director of Research

Dr. Ehsan Jazini

Spine Surgeon

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Videos About Artificial Disc Replacement

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