Artificial Disc Replacement in West Palm Beach, FL
The traditional solution for injured spinal discs has relied on fusion techniques that ultimately limit a person’s mobility. World-renowned neurosurgeon and founder of The Spine Center, Charles S. Theofilos, specializes in innovative artificial disc replacement procedures. His expertise has given him a reputation as a leading artificial disc replacement surgeon for patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida, as well as in countries around the world.
What is Artificial Disc Replacement?
For decades, the traditional approach to treating pain or disability from an injured spinal disc was to fuse the vertebra with plates, metal rods and screws. While this type of repair helps to relieve pain, it also stops the motion of the treated disc and inhibits mobility and flexibility.
A newer surgical option is artificial disc replacement. This surgery involves removing the damaged or ruptured spinal disc and replacing it with an artificial disc made of metal and polyethylene. This procedure is similar in theory to artificial hip, knee, and shoulder joints surgeons have been using for more than 35 years to maintain motion and relieve pain. An artificial disc replacement acts like a new spinal joint. Its motion is very similar to the discs you were born with and is designed to rotate and bend just like your natural spinal disc. The artificial disc gives patients up to 10 degrees of lateral bend and 10 degrees of flexion and extension as well as a rotation at the operated level, which is not the case after a fusion where there is no motion across that level.
What are the Advantages of Artificial Disc Replacement?
The advantages of artificial disc technology include:
- Maintaining normal spine motion
- Reducing degeneration of adjacent segments of the spine
- Eliminating the need for a bone graft
- Early post-operative spine motion
- Faster return to normal activity
What Happens During a Consultation for Artificial Disc Replacement in West Palm Beach, FL?
Artificial disc replacement should be reserved for the most severe cases involving damaged spinal discs. For this reason, Dr. Theofilos spends one-on-one time with each patient. He performs a comprehensive physical examination and may refer you for diagnostic testing.
Because all procedures may not be covered by insurance, we review the cost of your treatment after the appointment. Should you be interested in financing the cost, we accept LendingUSA®.
Charles S. Theofilos, M.D. is a nationally recognized pioneer and worldwide lecturer in the development of innovative and minimally invasive surgical and non-surgical options for a broad range of cervical and lumbar spinal ailments. His recommended options include artificial disc replacement, kyphoplasty, minimally invasive and laser spine surgery, and more. Contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Theofilos.