Artificial Disc Replacement
(Cervical and Lumbar)

Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) is a surgery for damaged spinal discs in the neck (cervical) or lower back (lumbar). It involves replacing the problematic disc with an artificial one to restore normal spine movement and flexibility.

Cervical and lumbar disc replacement are surgical procedures designed to treat degenerative disc disease in the spine. Let's break down each one:

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Cervical Disc Replacement (CDR):

Cervical disc replacement is performed in the neck region, specifically in the cervical spine. It is often done to alleviate pain and restore motion in the cervical spine caused by degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, or other spinal conditions. During a cervical disc replacement surgery, the damaged or herniated disc in the neck is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. This artificial disc is designed to mimic the function of a natural disc, providing stability to the spine while allowing for normal range of motion.

Lumbar Disc Replacement (LDR):

Lumbar disc replacement is performed in the lower back, specifically in the lumbar spine. Similar to cervical disc replacement, it aims to address pain and dysfunction caused by degenerative disc disease or other lumbar spine conditions. In lumbar disc replacement surgery, the damaged or degenerated disc in the lower back is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. This artificial disc is designed to maintain spinal stability and flexibility, allowing the patient to move more freely and, ideally, reducing pain associated with the affected disc.

Both cervical and lumbar disc replacement surgeries aim to preserve or restore normal motion in the spine while providing stability. These procedures are considered alternatives to traditional spinal fusion surgery (which involves fusing vertebrae together). The advantage of disc replacement is that it allows for more natural movement at the treated spinal level compared to fusion, which can limit motion in that segment of the spine. This places less stress on the adjacent level in the spine and decreases the likelihood of accelerated arthritis build-up at the adjacent levels (adjacent segment disease).

It's essential to note that not all patients are suitable candidates for disc replacement, and the decision to undergo such surgery is typically made after a thorough evaluation.

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