Your health is top priority. From routine check ups to major surgeries, ensuring you are healthy at all times is essential. There are a few reasons why an individual may need spinal care. For example, someone experiencing lower back pain may be a good candidate for an artificial disc replacement. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of surgery, you should consult with a qualified physician. There are various reasons why artificial disc replacement would be recommended. These include…
- Your back pain is mainly due to 1 or 2 discs located in your lower spine.
- You do not have joint disease/compression that would affect the nerves of your spine.
- You are not significantly overweight.
- You do not have spinal deformities or scoliosis.
An artificial disc is implanted in the spine in order to mimic the function of a natural disc. This includes allowing motion and carrying load for the spine. Artificial discs are generally separated into two categories. The first type is known as total disc replacement. All/ most of the disc is replaced with the implant, as the name implies. The second type is known as nucleus replacement. Only the center (nucleus) of the disc is replaced with the implant.
How to Prepare for Your Surgery
There are multiple steps involved in the process of preparation. In order to properly prepare for your surgery, you may receive a physical exam, review medical history, have X-rays, a CT scan, MRI and/or blood tests. These extra steps are done in order to keep you safe and verify you are a good candidate for the surgery. The X-rays and other scans help your physician to identify the cause of your back pain and damage of the spine. This allows your physician to view a clearer, more detailed picture of your spine.
In order to prepare further, you should also notify your physician of all/ any medications you are taking. This includes herbs and vitamins. It is important to identify these with your physician prior to surgery as medications/ supplements could affect the healing process. You may also be told not drink/eat anything prior to your surgery. In order to ensure you heal properly, you may stay in the hospital for a few days after the surgery. Also, you can have a relative or close friend help you at home afterwards. The best strategy is to discuss pre and post-operative care with your physician.