Artificial Disc Replacement
Internationally respected neurosurgeon and founder of The Spine Center, Charles S. Theofilos, is recognized by his patients and peers for providing state-of-the-art cervical and spinal treatments. His approach to spine health involves a combination of prevention and innovative surgical, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments. As a leading spine surgeon, Dr. Theofilos has an exceptional reputation in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, in South Florida and internationally.
What is an Artificial Disc Replacement?
An Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) is an innovative procedure used to treat damaged discs in the spine that are causing neck pain as well as pain and numbness in the extremities. Similar to a hip or knee replacement procedure, the goal of an ADR is to use an implant that mimics the function of a healthy spinal disc and also allows for a range of motion in the spine. Unlike a traditional spinal fusion, no plates or screws are attached to the spine and thus motion of the spine is preserved.
ADR may be recommended when more conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief for conditions such as a herniated disc and radiculopathy. At The Spine Center, Board Certified Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Theofilos is an expert in ADR surgery and has helped thousands of patients return to an active and healthy lifestyle after this procedure.
How is a Artificial Disc Replacement Performed at The Spine Center?
At The Spine Center, an ADR is often performed as an outpatient procedure so that you can return home the same day as your procedure.
During an Artificial Disc Replacement procedure:
- Incision. A small incision is made.
- Disc removal. The damaged disc and pieces of arthritic bone compressing the spinal nerves are removed.
- Implant insertion. Disc height is restored and the artificial disc is placed between adjacent vertebrae.
Using our advanced minimally invasive techniques, there is very little surgical trauma and you are able to recover and return to normal activities shortly after surgery.
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*Disclaimer: Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the procedure, and the compliance with the aftercare program. The content of this website is intended to be general information. It is provided only as a service. It is not medical advice and not intended to be taken as medical advice. The content of this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a medical or health condition and is in no way meant to be a substitute for or delay the seeking of appropriate or professional medical care. Individual results may vary.