Disc Replacement Surgery — A Treatment Option at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ
Disc replacement surgery, which is performed by board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeons at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms of degenerative disc disease and prevent the condition from progressing. Oftentimes, any associated pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling sensations in the neck, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs, and feet can be addressed with conservative approaches like physical therapy and medication. However, surgical disc replacement may be recommended if the discomfort is severe or debilitating.
As explained by the spine specialists at Spine Care New Jersey in Freehold, the specific rational for performing disc replacement surgery is as follows:
- Along with the natural aging process, the spinal discs can begin to break down from continual wear and tear, losing their effectiveness as vertebral shock absorbers and cushions.
- Sometimes, a weakened disc is said to “collapse,” causing the surrounding vertebrae to move closer together.
- The resulting loss of disc height can affect other nearby structures, such as the spinal facet joints, which may be forced to take on more of the body’s weight load as the damaged disc is unable to support its share.
- This, in turn, can stress the articular cartilage that covers the bone surfaces in a facet joint, which normally reduces friction and allows the bones to glide smoothly over each other.
- In response, the body may produce protective bone spurs to fortify weakened areas of the spine. The presence of this excess bony tissue in the spinal canal can potentially cramp and pressure sensitive spinal nerve roots, causing them to send pain signals.
Disc replacement involves the use of an artificial prosthesis, which is surgically inserted between the vertebrae surrounding a damaged disc. The prosthesis is held in place by the normal pressure in the spine. Also, as a result of enlarging the formerly collapsed disc space, the nearby spinal ligaments will be pulled tight, which can further help to hold the prosthesis in place. When performing disc replacement surgery, a surgeon can also remove any tissue fragments that are pressuring nerve roots.
If you’d like to find out if disc replacement is right for you, you can consult with a spine expert at Spine Care New Jersey. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our spine center in Freehold, NJ.