Personalized treatments for people with back pain and spine disorders
Published: Dec. 8, 2010
Updated: Dec. 8, 2010
Disc replacement, also known as disc arthroplasty, involves the removal of the degenerated disc that is sandwiched between two vertebrae. The implanted disc may be made of metal, plastic, or a combination of both.
Your physician will use the information from a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan to confirm your diagnosis.
Patients who undergo disc replacement surgery can expect to be in the hospital for one to two days.
Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but most return to their normal activities in about six to eight weeks.
There will be certain activity restrictions within the immediate post-operative period that your doctor will discuss with you.