Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know – Part 1

Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know – Part 1

Private lumbar disc replacement is a surgical procedure that is often seen as a last resort for individuals suffering from severe back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. While this procedure is not as common as other treatments for back pain, it has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential to provide long-term relief and improve quality of life. In Canada, private lumbar disc replacement is not an option for individuals who are willing to pay for the surgery out-of-pocket. This is something you’d have to travel for, however, options are very limited in the US. 

This month we will discuss everything you need to know about private lumbar disc replacement in a 4 part series.  Be sure to check back each Wednesday for the newest blog.

Why Do Surgeons Choose Lumbar Disc Replacement vs Fusion?

Lumbar disc replacement is a surgical procedure in which a damaged disc in the lower back is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. This procedure aims to alleviate chronic back pain and restore mobility and flexibility.  The goal, like any spine surgery, is the potential for long-term relief. Unlike spinal fusion, which can limit movement and put additional stress on adjacent discs, disc replacement allows for natural motion. This means that patients can continue to bend, twist, and move without restrictions, which can significantly improve their quality of life.

Additionally, private lumbar disc replacement offers the advantage of quicker recovery times compared to traditional open surgery. The procedure is minimally invasive, with smaller incisions and less damage to surrounding muscle and tissue. This often leads to a shorter hospital stay and faster return to normal activities.

However, it’s essential to note that private lumbar disc replacement may not be suitable for everyone. Factors such as the extent of the disc damage, overall health, and lifestyle goals should be considered. As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications.

Are You the Right Candidate for Private Lumbar Disc Replacement?

Before undergoing private lumbar disc replacement, it is crucial to assess whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Several factors need to be considered to determine eligibility and maximize the chances of a successful outcome.

The extent of the disc damage will play a significant role in deciding whether private lumbar disc replacement is the right choice. This procedure is typically recommended for patients with degenerative disc disease or disc herniation that does not respond to non-surgical treatments. A surgeon will evaluate your condition based on imaging tests, such as MRIs, to determine the severity of the disc damage.

Overall health plays a major role in assessing your candidacy. Some medical conditions, such as active infections or severe osteoporosis, may increase the risk of complications and affect the success of the procedure. Therefore, a thorough medical evaluation will be performed to ensure that you are in good health and can tolerate the surgical procedure.

Your lifestyle goals and expectations should align with the potential benefits and limitations of private lumbar disc replacement. This procedure is best suited for individuals who want to maintain their range of motion and continue participating in activities that involve bending, twisting, and lifting. On the other hand, if you are content with restricted movement and want a more stable spine, other options such as spinal fusion may be more suitable for you.

In next weeks blog, we will explore in more detail the potential risks and complications associated with private lumbar disc replacement.  Come back and find out more!  In the meantime, if you are considering private lumbar disc replacement, contact Health Vantis for more details to find you an appropriate facility.  We can be reached at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com

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