Can a damaged disc be replaced?
Yes. Artificial disc replacement (ADR), sometimes referred to as TDR (total disc replacement), is used to correct pain, loss of mobility, and tingling resulting from a degenerative or herniated disc. Our surgeons are experienced in cervical disc replacement, which involves the damaged disc being removed in favor of an artificial disc. Compared to the traditional operative treatment using spinal fusion, an artificial disc replacement can offer better flexibility and movement.
The goal of the procedure is to ease back pain while also maintaining more normal motion than is allowed with some other procedures, such as spinal fusion. Still, not everyone with low back pain is a good candidate for disk replacement surgery. Your NJ Spine and Orthopedic doctor will perform some tests to see if this is the right procedure for you.