Artificial discs are designed to replace intervertebral discs damaged by spine disorders such as degenerative disc disease or disc herniation requiring discectomy. As the name implies, an artificial disc is constructed in such a way that it mimics normal anatomy. Dr. Stieber has over a decade of experience in New York disc replacement surgery, so you can be assured you are in good hands.
The cushioning properties of the disc make it possible for the spinal column to compress and rebound during vigorous activity.
Discs prevent bone from grinding against bone, as well as maintain enough distance between vertebrae so that nerve roots can exit the spinal canal freely, without impediment.
Without discs, the spine would be a rigid column of vertebrae. Intervertebral discs lend flexibility to the spine, allowing full range of motion e.g., forward and backward, side-to-side.
During both TDR surgery and spinal fusion, the pain-generating disc is removed and the intervertebral disc height is restored. During a fusion surgery, the spinal segment is stabilized with an implant and plate and/or rods and screws. Bone graft may be used to promote fusion of the vertebrae. For those patients for whom disc replacement in NYC is appropriate, a specialized device is implanted that allows the potential for motion. Our NYC disc replacement procedure will be gone over in exact detail with you as no two patients are the same.
An artificial disc usually replaces the entire intervertebral disc – the annulus fibrosus, nucleus pulposus, and the endplates, depending on the type of device. Disc replacement surgery is typically performed in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) regions. The surgical approach is through the front of the neck for cervical discs and through the abdomen for lumbar discs.
For over a decade, Dr. Stieber has published and presented research on disc replacement surgery in both the cervical and lumbar spine and is the author of multiple book chapters on disc replacement surgery. Learn why he delivers one of the top disc replacements New York has to offer.
The potential benefits of disc replacement include:
Disc replacement in NYC requires a hospital stay of two to four days. During that time, physical therapists and occupational therapists will teach you how to walk and get in and out of bed safely. You will need to avoid bending at the waist, lifting more than five pounds, and twisting for the first two to four weeks.
Most patients are permitted to return to sedentary work within two to three weeks, depending on how the healing process is progressing. However, you will be advised to wait about three months before resuming light physical activity. Patients who have undergone disc replacement should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous physical activity, and impact sports moving forward.