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.