Artificial Disc Replacement: When Other Therapies Fail to Provide Results

As the most basic forms of treatment, physical therapy and medication are options to relieve back and/or neck pain. When conservative treatments fail to show results, patients often turn to a spinal fusion surgery. However, two 2011 studies show that spinal fusion surgery may not be the best choice. In fact, these studies found that artificial disc replacement surgery is a better option with a lower cost and better long-term results.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we present patients all their options for treatment. There are no tricks or gimmicks when caring for our patients. We want everyone to have all the information they need in order to make the best decision possible for their recovery. Dr. Burak Ozgur is specially trained in brain and spine healing and offer their expertise to the residents of Irvine and surrounding California areas.
Customarily, surgery for back pain or herniated disc was done by fusing or stabilizing the affected bone with metal instrumentation. European surgeons began using artificial disc implants since the early 1980s. Gradually gaining popularity in America, the FDA officially approved the use for the surgery in 2004.
Spinal fusion surgery is often the standard for treating low back pain when nonsurgical options have failed. However, spinal fusion surgeries often prevent normal motion of the spine and leave patients with little improvements. Artificial disc replacement is an alternative to fusion surgery and an effective option for treating low back pain.
According to the co-director of the Cedars- Sinai Spine Center in California, Dr. Rick Delamarter, the hospital tab for an artificial disc replacement was significantly lower for patients who chose this procedure over the traditional spinal fusion- 49 percent lower! In addition, patients were four times less likely to need additional treatment. In 2011, Dr. Delemarter and a team of researchers compared the two surgeries to determine which surgery was better based on cost and long-term results. Artificial disc replacement surgery rocked the study, proving to be the better choice. Read the full article and results from the study here:
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, we use minimally invasive techniques in spine procedures. Dr. Ozgur uses his spine and orthopedic expertise for better treatment of patient’s needs. For more information on the treatments we offer or to find out more about artificial disc replacement surgery, contact a ONE Brain and Spine representative today.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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