Disc Replacement Surgery Overview
Disc replacement surgery involves removing a diseased disc and replacing it with an artificial disc made of medical-grade metal or a combination of medical-grade metal and plastic. It is done when the space
between the vertebrae has become too narrow and part of the vertebrae or disc is pressing on the spinal cord or spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, and/or weakness. When these symptoms do not respond to nonsurgical types of treatment, disc replacement
surgery may be recommended.
In traditional fusion surgery, the diseased disc is removed and the vertebrae above and below the disc may be fused together. Disc replacement surgery may have the advantage of allowing more movement and creating less
stress on the remaining vertebrae than traditional spinal fusion surgery on the neck or back.