Disc Replacement Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

When medical interventions fail to alleviate your neck or back pain, then it may be time to consider surgical intervention. The skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, with offices in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, performs disc replacement surgery to treat chronic back pain caused by diseased or damaged discs. To schedule a surgical consultation, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.

Disc Replacement Q & A

What is disc replacement?

Disc replacement, or artificial disc replacement, is a surgical option for treating chronic back or neck pain. Your spine has a series of vertebral bones, each separated and cushioned by an intervertebral disc. 

These intervertebral discs are a common cause of neck or back pain. You may develop a herniated disc or slipped disc after a bad fall or impact injury. These discs also degenerate over time, making them more susceptible to herniation.

Damaged discs may compress or irritate your spinal cord or a spinal nerve, resulting in various pain sensations that may affect spinal mobility and function. 

Disc replacement surgery replaces your damaged disc with an artificial disc to restore spine function and alleviate pain. 

Am I a candidate for a spinal disc replacement?

The team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine determines if you’re a candidate for a disc replacement after a surgical consultation. The team only recommends spine surgery after utilizing all non-operative treatment options.

The team may suggest disc replacement surgery if you have ongoing back or neck pain because of diseased or damaged intervertebral discs, and conservative treatments fail to alleviate your discomfort. 

What happens during disc replacement surgery?

Disc replacement surgery is an inpatient procedure that takes up to three hours. During the procedure, your spine surgeon removes the damaged disc, shapes the vertebral bones, and places the artificial disc.

After the procedure, your spine surgeon sends you to the recovery area for monitoring and then to your hospital room. Most patients spend 1-3 days in the hospital following a spinal disc replacement procedure. 

How long is recovery following disc replacement?

Recovery following disc replacement varies. However, you can expect to be up and walking the same day as your surgery. The team encourages early movement to speed up your recovery process.

The team prescribes specific exercises and stretches that you do at home and refers you to their on-site state-of-the-art physical therapy facility for one-on-one care. 

Most patients are back to their usual routines about six weeks after disc replacement surgery.

To schedule a disc replacement consultation with the experts at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, call or book an appointment online today.