Total Disc Replacement

Total Disc Replacement is the surgical replacement of a cervical or lumbar disc. This procedure preserves motion at the surgical levels and is an alternative to fusion surgery.

Cervical Disc Replacement: The surgeon makes an incision in the front part of the neck. Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used to determine the correct level(s) to be operated. The disc tissue is removed and a disc replacement device is implanted. The procedure typically takes approximately 1-2 hours.

Lumbar Disc Replacement: An incision is made by a general surgeon in the abdomen to expose the front part of the spine. Fluoroscopy, or live x-ray, is used to determine the correct level(s) to be operated. The disc is removed and a disc replacement device is implanted. The procedure typically takes approximately 1-3 hours.