Ten years ago, I looked into having a disc replacement in my low back. The operation was still too new at that time, so I didn't do it. I'm still having back problems from degenerative disc disease. Is it safe now to get a disc replacement?
Many advances in artificial disc replacements have occurred over the past 10 to 20 years. The implants have been changed and improved many times. Sizing to fit the patient is now possible. The surgical instruments used by the surgeon have been refined to match the needs of this procedure.

Patient selection is also improved. We now know that young, active patients with chronic low back pain from disc disease have the best results. They must have good bone density and healthy facet (spinal) joints.

Overall results show at least an 80 per cent success rate for this operation. Success is defined as pain relief, return to work, and improved function or decreased disability.

Find a surgeon who has experience with lumbar disc replacements. Make an appointment to find out if you might be a good candidate for this operation. Studies have confirmed that this treatment approach is safe and effective for patients considered to be good candidates.