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  Anterior Cervical Discectomy
Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
AxiaLIF - Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion
BAK Fusion Cages
Bone Stimulators
Cervical Laminoplasty
Complex Spinal Reconstruction
Endoscopic Correction of Scoliosis
Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Fusion (or Spinal Fusion)
Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
Laparoscopic Fusion
Lumbar Artifical Disc Replacement
Lumbar Laminectomy (Open Decompression)
Lumbar Spinal Fusion
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Multilevel Minimally Invasive Screws
NeoDisc Cervical Disc Replacement
PCM Artificial Disc
Posterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy (Microscopic)
Posterior Cervical Instrumentation
Posterior Dynamic Stabilization (Dynesys)
Posterior Fossa Decompression
Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
Scoliosis Instrumentation
SI-Joint Fusion
Spinal Cord Tumor Excision
Spine Stimulator (Internal)
Spine Surgery Instrumentation
Stabilimax NZ Dynamic Spine Stabilization System
Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
X-STOP® IPD® Procedure
XLIF - eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
DLIF - Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion


Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement

Lumbar Artificial DiscreplacementThe Artificial Disc was originally developed in the mid-1980’s by leading orthopaedic spine surgeons in Berlin, Germany. Artificial Disc surgery has been performed in Europe for over 25 years and has been used in treating most clinically tested total disc replacements in the world and is a breakthrough in non-fusion technology.

The Artificial Disc is a three-piece articulation medical device consisting of a sliding core sandwiched between two metal endplates. The materials used in the Artificial Disc consist of medical grade plastic and medical grade cobalt chromium alloy. The endplates support the core by securing them to the vertebrae above and below the disc space with small teeth. It has a lifespan of at least 40 years or 85 million cycles.

There are many potential benefits with Artificial Disk Replacement Surgery. Laboratory testing shows that the Artificial Disc design increases flexibility and mobility while bending forward and backward between 0 and 21 degrees, as opposed to the more limited mobility afforded through fusion surgery. No bone graft is required and this means quicker recovery time.
Good candidates for Artificial Disc Surgery are patients who have received at least six months of conservative treatment without adequate results, who have one diseased disc between L4 and L5 or between L5 and S1, and have degenerative disc disease, a disc that has worn out or become injured and causes back pain, or whose vertebrae have moved less than 3mm.

Artificial Disc Surgery is not for patients who have experienced infection either throughout their body or localized to the spine, have disc deterioration or instability at more than one spinal level, or who have poor bone quality such as osteoporosis or osteopenia.




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