What is a Balanced Back?
New Advanced Disc Replacement technology allows the patients spine to find its own balance.
It must do this by providing motion and by also controlling or constraining excessive motion.
Motion is the goal so "Re-mobilization" is the key to success in Disc Replacement.
Symmetrical Failure to Re-Mobilize
Failure of a disc replacement segment to re-mobilize after disc replacement surgery is not Implant failure.
Re-mobilization of the segment is accomplished when both sides of the posterior longitudinal ligament are released.
If the segment fails to re-mobilize, and unload the facet joints, the disc replacement implant may never move as intended.
This is not "implant failure" but a case where full re-mobilization never occurred.
A-Symmetrical Failure to Re-Mobilize
If the segment re-mobilizes more on one side than the other then instability and segment shift can occur.
This is not implant failure or surgeon error but an unfortunate yet and likely is not a critical event.
Are you a candidate for Disc Replacement?
Different treatments are appropriate for different stages of the degenerative disc disease.
The Unstable Spine
There are patients who have considerable instability and need more stability.
Extreme instability is an indication for Fusion.
We are not always going to get this right!
Surgeon Experience is Critical
Surgeon experience is just as critical in the decision of what surgery is appropriate as it is in the operating room!
Patient Selection is Critical
Determining a patients stability and ability to re-mobilize is an important aspect of the surgical plan.
Get an evaluation by surgeons that understand all these factors and have been doing disc replacement for decades.
To begin your evaluation process; complete the online form below.