Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

Preserving & Restoring Motion

What Is

Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery?

We offer the highest level of customization in the world, creating unique surgical options at each level of the spine that is proven to maintain the natural motion in the spine. This includes single-level, multi-level, and hybrid combinations. The creativity in our approach provides patients with the most tailored solution for their specific condition(s).

This benefits patients with cervical or lumbar conditions by providing long-term results and faster recovery to active life! 

Discover the Benefits

Of Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

This motion-preserving spine surgery technique, combined with advanced surgical technologies, offers a more effective treatment option than ever available in the past. The benefits of this innovative surgical procedure surpass anything previous traditional spine surgeries could offer.

We have seen success in preserving movement and getting patients back to their lives through artificial disc replacements.

Our spine is a series of segments that move with each other. When one doesn’t move as well, the others have to compensate and work harder. Artificial disc replacement surgery helps preserve and restore movement in your spine.

With a spinal fusion, approximately 10 degrees of motion is lost in the neck, per level fused. For example, if you have three levels of your spine fused, that equates to a 30% loss of natural motion in your spine. With artificial disc replacement surgery, patients are often able to maintain full range of motion after surgery.

By using absorbable surgery sutures, implementing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol, and following a spine-specialized physical therapy rehabilitation program, you can return to life quicker than ever before.

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At VSI, we celebrate every patient’s unique journey as a series of victories, regardless of how big or small. Our logo and brand were crafted for you, our incredible patients. Your progress towards your goals deserves the spotlight, reflecting our commitment to individualized treatment and care. Your Victories are what make VSI who we are! #MyVictoryStory

Am I a Candidate

For Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery?

Our team of experts will perform a full physical exam, and review your medical history and current imaging to determine what solution is right for you. Artificial disc replacement surgery is most commonly used for treatment of the following conditions:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disc Herniations
  • Radiculopathy
  • Failed Prior Surgery (Failed Fusion)
  • Multi-level damages
  • Prior Fusion on Adjacent Levels
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Multi Level

Disc Replacement Surgery

It is common for patients to have more than one level of their discs wear out. When multiple levels need to be included in the surgical plan, the traditional surgical approach has been to fuse each level.

Taking away the motion at two or more consecutive levels with a multilevel fusion can reduce the overall range of motion and is expected to put extra stress on the remaining non-fused disc levels.

By replacing the damaged discs at multiple adjacent levels in the spine, this technique aims to alleviate pain, restore stability, and promote a healthier function.

Frequently Asked Questions

Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery

An Artificial Disc Replacement is a type of spine surgery in which a spine surgeon removes the damaged disc and replaces it with an artificial disc that closely mimics the natural human disc and allows for the natural motion of the spine. These discs serve as a cushion and shock absorber between the vertebrae (bones) in the neck and back. Once the degenerated or damaged disc is removed it is replaced with an artificial disc. The artificial disc mimics and very closely resembles that of a natural human disc. 

We use different sizes of discs for both cervical and lumbar to make sure we find the best fit for you. Factors that go into this are: size, stability, flexibility/motion, & severity of condition/pathology.

  • There have been seven generations of discs over time to get us to the advancements we have today, and with each one our surgeons have gained more insight into what is best for our patients.
  • We use several different types of artificial discs in order to customize treatment for our patients, both for cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back).
  • Our surgeons are equipped to guide you through the selection process, and provide you with recommendations based on your specific anatomy and degree of your condition.

The most important part is picking a qualified spine surgeon that will make sure you find the appropriate disc. The surgeons at VSI are the best in the world, and have performed many world’s-first disc replacement procedures. Our team is at the forefront of new technology that can better serve our patients. 

  • VSI’s participation in research & development of discs used in disc replacement surgery provides our surgeons with the knowledge to make the best decisions.
  • We have taken part in FDA trials (Simplify).
  • As the leaders in disc replacement surgery, our research paper was submitted at the 2021 North American Spine Society conference.

Disc replacement surgery is better in the fact that it preserves the natural motion of your spine. However, sometimes disc replacement cannot be used for all treatments, or should actually be used in combination with a fusion (Hybrid Spine Surgery). We believe it is important to discuss all of the different treatment options with our patients, and then select which is best for their unique condition and goals.

Disc replacements for the neck or back are similar to joint replacements in the hip, knee, and shoulder in that they allow you to keep your normal motion.

Consider how many levels are problematic for you, what type of motion you have now, and what your activity goals are for the future. Open communication is imperative to helping you make an informed decision on the best next steps.

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From Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery.

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