Artificial Disc Surgery
Artificial disc surgery is an alternative to spinal fusion for the treatment of instability and painful degeneration of the spine.
In a spinal fusion, two or more bones in the spine (vertebrae) are fused together – usually with metal plates and screws – eliminating motion between them.
In artificial disc surgery, the damaged disc is replaced with a prosthetic disc, which allows full range of motion of the spine while still ensuring stability and reducing pain.
Artificial disc surgery is used to treat discs in the spine that are damaged due to degeneration or injury.
You may be a good candidate for artificial disc surgery if you have back or neck pain from a degenerated disc, and if nonsurgical treatments are not working.
- Date of last review: September 10, 2015