How much does it cost to replace a disc in your back?
Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery: What does it cost? As with most types of surgeries, the cost of anterior disc replacement (ADR) surgery will vary depending on where you live. On average it costs about $45,000, but in areas like New York or Boston it is closer to $100,000—about 80-85% of the cost of a spinal fusion.
Can a disc in your back be replaced?
Lumbar disk replacement involves replacing a worn or degenerated disk in the lower part of your spine with an artificial disk made of metal or a combination of metal and plastic. Lumbar disk replacement is generally seen as an alternative to the more common spinal fusion surgery.
Who is eligible for artificial disc replacement?
Artificial disc replacement may be recommended for patients between the ages of 18 and 60 with DDD at one or two levels of the spine whose condition has not responded to at least six previous months of non-surgical therapy.
Is disc replacement surgery available in Canada?
Canada’s first artificial disc replacement has been performed at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). Unlike traditional spinal fusion surgery, where the movement of a degenerated disc is stopped by fusing the surrounding vertebrae together, this new procedure replaces the bad disc with an artificial one.
How long is recovery for disc replacement surgery?
Research shows that disc replacement surgery recovery time is between three and five weeks. However, the recovery time depends on different factors, such as the patient’s condition and overall health status, symptoms’ severity, age, and the clinic where the surgery is performed.
Which is better spinal fusion or disc replacement?
Lumbar disc replacement, a similar procedure that replaces the discs in the lower back, also has a faster recovery time than fusion. A study published in Global Spine Journal found that disc replacement patients were able to return to work significantly faster than fusion patients.
What do you think about disc replacement for lumbar disc disease?
I am very encouraged. Disc replacement represents an exciting new treatment option for back pain associated with lumbar degenerative disc disease. The recent clinical trial with the CHARITE Artificial Disc appears promising.
What is an artificial disc replacement?
The artificial disc replacement is used to reduce or eliminate the pain while still allowing motion. One advantage of the artificial disc is that it may also prevent premature breakdown of adjacent levels of the lumbar spine.
How long does it take to recover from lumbar artificial disc replacement?
Although the time required for recovery is different for each patient, as a general rule, our patients recovering from Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement attend physiotherapy two to three times each week for about four to six weeks. Our physiotherapist will recommend active treatments to improve flexibility, strength, and endurance.
Will insurance pay for revision disc replacement surgery?
Artificial Discs: Spine Experts Speak Out. Revision disc replacement surgery will be a life-threatening operation. As of now, insurance reimbursement for this procedure has not been verified. Patients need to remember that back pain is not life threatening, but spinal surgery can be.