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Disc Replacement Questions

What is the cost of disc replacement surgery?

The typical cost of disc replacement is between 30 to 50 thousand USD. Disc replacement surgery has a lower cost the alternative spinal fusion surgery. Disc Replacement is a more safe and effective procedure and 62 percent less costly than ACDF. Selecting an experienced Disc Replacement Specialist is critical to the success of the procedure.

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What is the success rate of Disc Replacement Surgery?

Disc Replacement success rate as defined overall by the FDA (≥ 15-point improvement in ODI, freedom from device failure or serious device-related adverse events, maintenance/improvement in neurological status) is 87.5% and a return to work rate of 75.9%. Improved Disc Replacement success rates are achieved with recent improvements in technology and careful disc replacement surgeon selection.

Is Disc Replacement better than Spinal Fusion?

Lumbar fusion surgery eliminates motion between vertebrae by fusing together two vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. Spinal Fusion Surgery is different than disc replacement in that the results of the surgery for Disc replacement have a higher success rate for reduced lower back pain and increased mobility.

Is Disc Replacement Surgery Safe?

While any surgery carries some risk, disk replacement surgery is a relatively safe procedure. Disk replacement is a relatively  new type of spine surgery in the US so there is limited surgeon experience. Choose your surgeon based on experience and the level of disc replacement technology offered.

How long does it take to recover from Disc Replacement Surgery?

Generally 6 to 8 weeks, after which you can return to light activities. Further recovery from disc replacement surgery will happen over the next four to six months, after which you can return to all normal.