Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know – Part 3

Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know – Part 3

Welcome back!  In Part 1 and 2 of Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know, we discussed the reasons why it is chosen as an option, selecting the right surgeon, whether or not you are the right candidate and cost.  In this blog we will provide the process and recovery associated with it.

Private Disc Replacement Process

Once you have been deemed a suitable candidate for private lumbar disc replacement, it is important to familiarize yourself with the step-by-step process of the procedure. Understanding the various stages involved can help alleviate any anxiety and ensure that you are well-prepared for your surgery.

The first step is a consultation. This involves meeting with your surgeon to discuss the procedure in detail, evaluate your medical history, and address any concerns or questions you may have.  Following the consultation, if you decide to proceed, a surgery date will be set.  Some pre-operative tests might be necessary such lab work. 

On the day of the surgery, you will be given general anesthesia to ensure you are pain-free throughout the procedure. The surgeon will then make a small incision in the lower back to access the affected disc.

The damaged disc will be carefully removed using specialized surgical instruments. A prosthetic disc will be inserted into the empty disc space. This artificial disc is designed to mimic the natural function of a healthy disc, allowing for improved mobility and flexibility.

The incision will be closed using sutures or surgical staples, and a sterile dressing will be applied to the wound. You will then be transferred to a recovery room, where medical professionals will closely monitor your vital signs and ensure that you wake up from anesthesia safely. Most people are discharged the same day.

Private Disc Replacement Recovery

After undergoing private lumbar disc replacement surgery, the recovery and rehabilitation phase is crucial for your long-term success and overall well-being. Recovery varies from person to person.  It will consist of postoperative care, pain management, and physiotherapy.

During the initial days of recovery, you may experience discomfort, swelling, or bruising at the incision site. Your healthcare team will provide you with instructions on wound care and pain management, including medication to relieve any postoperative pain.

As your healing progresses, your surgeon will provide guidance on when to resume activities, gradually increasing your range of motion and physical activity levels. Physiotherapy will recommend a program to restore your strength, flexibility, and functionality.

Throughout your recovery, it is important to follow your healthcare team’s instructions, attend scheduled follow-up appointments, and communicate any concerns or changes in your condition.

Next week we will continue with our 4 part blog series on everything you need to know about private lumbar disc replacement.  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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