Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know – Part 4

Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know – Part 4

We are in our final part to Private Lumbar Disc Replacement: Everything You Need to Know.  This blog will wrap things up discussing possible risks that can occur.  While private lumbar disc replacement is generally considered a safe and effective procedure, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and complications that may arise. Your surgeon will discuss these with you in detail before you undergo the surgery. Understanding these risks can help you make an informed decision and be prepared for any potential challenges during your recovery.

Potential Private Disc Replacement Risks

It is important to note that these risks and complications are relatively rare, and the majority of patients undergoing private lumbar disc replacement experience successful outcomes without any major issues. However, it is crucial to have open and honest discussions with your surgeon about any concerns or pre-existing conditions that may increase your risk for complications.  Some of those might include the following:

1. Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of developing an infection at the incision site or deep within the spine. Your healthcare team will provide you with instructions on how to minimize this risk, such as keeping the incision clean and dry and taking prescribed antibiotics.

2. Bleeding: While uncommon, there may be some bleeding during or after the surgery. In rare cases, this may require additional medical intervention, such as a blood transfusion or additional surgery.

3. Nerve or blood vessel injury: The proximity of nerves and blood vessels to the disc being replaced increases the risk of accidental damage during surgery. This could potentially result in neurological complications like numbness, weakness, or loss of sensation in the affected area.

4. Implant failure: Although rare, there is a possibility that the artificial disc may malfunction or fail over time. This can result in the need for revision surgery or further treatment options.

5. Allergic reaction: Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the materials used in the artificial disc. This can lead to complications such as inflammation or infection in the surrounding tissues.

If you missed any of the previous blogs, you may find them here:

Part 1:  https://www.healthvantis.ca/2024/02/06/private-lumbar-disc-replacement-everything-you-need-to-know-part-1/

Part 2:  https://www.healthvantis.ca/2024/02/14/private-lumbar-disc-replacement-everything-you-need-to-know-part-2/

Part 3:  https://www.healthvantis.ca/2024/02/20/private-lumbar-disc-replacement-everything-you-need-to-know-part-3/

If you would like for Health Vantis to review your options for a lumbar disc replacement, please reach out to us at 877-344-3544 or info@healthvantis.com and we’d be happy to assist!

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